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Senior Americans aged 65 and older shared more fake news on Facebook during the 2016 US Presidential election than any other age group, according to a study published on Wednesday.
Researchers from New York University and Princeton University looked into what 1,300 folks participating in the study posted on their Facebook timelines between April and November 2016. Shared articles were tagged as fake news if the links went to sites well known for spreading false information repeatedly.
Said - Sites - Roster - Breitbart - Fox
Said sites did not include the usual roster of Breitbart, Fox News, et al routinely accused of making up stories: instead, think small highly partisan blogs that use every trick in the book to go viral. Craig Silverman produced a list of them, and this was used by the eggheads to identify fake news peddlers.
The results of their study showed that people rarely shared fake news at all, or rather, didn't share the so-called viral blog posts – more than 90 per cent of participants did not fall for the lies. But out of the small 8.5 per cent that did, they were predominantly more likely to be people aged 65 or over.
Age - Group - Times - Articles - News
“The oldest age group was associated with sharing nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains on Facebook as those in the youngest age...
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