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Champion the truth

“Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.”

If you think that quote comes from someone studying the spread of misinformation through social media, think again.

Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, wrote those words in 1710, more than 300 years ago.

The quote has been rephrased and repeated many times in many ways. It is often misquoted and attributed to someone else. One version – “a lie can travel around the world and back again while the truth is lacing up its boots” – is often wrongly attributed to everyone from Mark Twain to Winston Churchill.

The quote is so popular because it is so true. It is human nature to spread and believe falsehoods. The truth always has an uphill battle.