Fake news on Facebook in 2016 U.S. election period shared most by seniors, conservatives: study

Apr 2013
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Left coast
#1
This report isn't just about politics, it includes science and religion, but politics is a big part of it.

People who called themselves liberals shared no fake stories, New York research finds
People over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information masquerading as news on the social media site than younger adults, moderates and super liberals during the 2016 U.S. election season, the first study of its kind indicates.

The first major study to look at who is sharing links from debunked sites indicates not many people are doing it. On average, only 8.5 per cent of those studied — about 1 person out of 12 — shared false information during the 2016 campaign, according to the study released Wednesday in the journal Science Advances . But those doing it tend to be older and more conservative.

"For something to be viral you've got to know who shares it," said study co-author Jonathan Nagler, a politics professor and co-director of the Social Media and Political Participation Lab at New York University. "Wow, old people are much more likely than young people to do this."
So old conservatives are the Fake news conveyors.

Lots more in the article.

Fake news on Facebook in 2016 U.S. election period shared most by seniors, conservatives: study | CBC News

Less than you think: Prevalence and predictors of fake news dissemination on Facebook
 
Mar 2013
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Middle Tennessee
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That really doesn't surprise me in the least. Just on my FB, and I don't have gazillions of friends. Most the already proven false, oh my god the sky is falling and it's the democrats/socialist/liberals fault, memes and news came from the conservatives on my friends list. Some were so blatantly false I could not believe these people actually shared them. I will certainly have to reconsider the general intelligence of some of people on my list.
 

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