Promote the need for sincere information for a democracy based on trust

Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Nir Grinberg, Kenneth Joseph, Lise Friedland, Briony Swire-Thompson, David Lazer
25/01/2019

The spread of fake news on social media became a public concern in the United States after the 2016 presidential election. The authors examined exposure to and sharing of fake news by registered voters on Twitter and found that engagement with fake news sources was extremely concentrated. Only 1% of individuals accounted for 80% of fake news source exposures, and 0.1% accounted for nearly 80% of fake news sources shared. Individuals most likely to engage with fake news sources were conservative leaning, older, and highly engaged with political news. A cluster of fake news sources shared overlapping audiences on the extreme right, but for people across the political spectrum, most political news exposure still came from mainstream media outlets.

Topic :  Fake news  
/
Format :    
/
Edition :  Science  
/
Country :  United States 
/
Language  :  English 
/
Share the article
Endowment fund for the creation of the Fondation Descartes
16 Cours Albert 1er, 75008 Paris.
Follow us
usercrossmenuchevron-down-circle linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram