Spiders and fake news: the web of lies surrounding our eight-legged friends

A lot of people are freaked out by spiders – no explanation needed – but fear often breeds contempt and spiders get an especially bad rap.  

Misinformation about spiders – or spider ‘fake news’ – spreads like wildfire online. 

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So how much of what we read about our crawly friends is actually true?

On this episode of The Science Briefing, Dr Sophie Calabretto talks to Jacinta Bowler about where spider misinformation comes from and how many news stories are spun like a web of lies.

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