The Misinformation Game

A social-media simulator for research.

The Misinformation Game is a social-media simulator built to study how people interact with information on social-media. To achieve this, The Misinformation Game simulates a social-media feed for research participants. Participants are shown fake social-media posts, either one at a time or in a feed format. They may then react to the posts and their comments. The Misinformation Game has been designed to be highly customisable so that a range of tightly controlled experiences can be created for participants. This customisability is a core focus of The Misinformation Game, to facilitate the research of a wide array of social-media related questions.

Preprint Paper: The (Mis)Information Game: A Social Media Simulator

Source Code: MisinformationGame Repository on GitHub

Example Game #

If you would like to experience participating in a study created using The Misinformation Game, you can access an example game from the example game page.

Screenshot of the user interface within a game.
Figure 1. Screenshot of the user interface within a game.

Example Results #

If you would like to view an example of the results output by a study run using The Misinformation Game, the results of a user experience study are available from the example results page. Additional information about the results that are made available for your analysis are described in the Results documentation. The results that are recorded for your study will depend upon the configuration of your study.

Getting Started #

If you are new to the tool, or you would like a refresher on its use, we recommend that you read our Getting Started Guide. This guide is a great place to learn the most important concepts for using the Misinformation Game effectively for your research.

The paper The (Mis)Information Game: A Social Media Simulator also provides an in-depth introduction to the Misinformation Game, alongside results from two validation studies that were conducted to test it. If you use the Misinformation Game for your research, we would really appreciate it if you cited this paper.

Documentation #

The Misinformation Game has extensive documentation to help you use the tool. This documentation ranges from high-level guides on the use of the Misinformation Game, to reference guides for configuring studies and using their results. The documentation can be found here.

Cite the Misinformation Game #

 title={The (Mis)Information Game: A Social Media Simulator},
 author={Butler, Lucy and Lamont, Padraig and Wan, Dean L Y and Prike, Toby and Nasim, Mehwish and Walker, Bradley and Fay, Nicolas and Ecker, Ullrich K H},