Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Older People Shared Fake News on Facebook More Than Others in 2016 Race, Study Says Supported by ByNiraj Chokshi Jan. 10, 2019 When it came to sharing fake news on Facebook during the 2016 election, no age group was quite as active as those aged 65 and older, according to a new study. The study, published Wednesday in Science Advances, quantifies how aggressive seniors were in spreading misinformation, though the findings suggest that sharing such stories was relatively rare. On average, American Facebook users aged 65 and older posted seven times as many articles from fake news websites as adults 29 and younger, according to the study. And that was true regardless of ideology, education level or political affiliation: older users just tended to share misinformation more. But before you blame … [Read more...] about Older People Shared Fake News on Facebook More Than Others in 2016 Race, Study Says
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The biggest predictor of whether someone will share fake news isn't their political affiliation — it's their age. A new study from researchersat Princeton University and New York University released on Wednesday found that people 65 years of age and over are seven times more likely to share fake news than those aged 18-29. "Political scientists tend to favor explanations based on stable, deeply held partisan or ideological predispositions," the study's authors wrote. "It is possible that an entire cohort of Americans, now in their 60s and beyond, lacks the level of digital media literacy necessary to reliably determine the trustworthiness of news encountered online." The study examined the data of 1,331 respondents who agreed to share fields from their public Facebook profile along with their timeline posts, external links and likes. The researchers looked for links to a list of narrowly defined fake news sites and a list of fake news sites debunked by fact checking … [Read more...] about Age, not politics, predicts who shares fake news on Facebook, study finds
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 10, 2019 at 8:47 am | UPDATED: January 10, 2019 at 8:54 am Amid continued concerns about the online sharing of disinformation, a new study about fake news during the 2016 election shows who was most likely to share it on Facebook: seniors and conservatives. Researchers from Princeton and New York University said in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances that sharing of fake news on Facebook by users of the social network was “quite rare” (8.5 percent of those surveyed), but that those who did share fake news were older, regardless of political affiliation. More than 11 percent of people over age 65 shared links from fake news sites, compared with 3 percent of those ages 18 to 29 who did so. When political affiliation was taken into account, the most frequent sharers of fake news were conservatives and Republicans, according to the study. Eighteen percent of … [Read more...] about Who shared the most fake news on Facebook during 2016 election?
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair`s National Campaign Team has supported the police to probe into the proliferation of fake news on seven containers from China with millions of marked ballots for the 2019 Presidential Election. "We ask the police to conduct a thorough investigation into all cases of fake news that have created public confusion," Spokesman of the Prabowo-Sandiaga pair`s National Campaign Team Ahmad Riza Patria said here on Thursday. Patria stated that from the beginning, he has thought that it is impossible that there have been millions of ballots that have been cast prior to the convening of the upcoming presidential election. The proliferation of fake news, including a report on seven containers containing millions of voted ballots in favor of the pair of incumbent president Joko Widodo and his running mate, Ma`ruf Amin, has indeed harmed the society, he remarked. In the case of ballots, he added that the authority for making the … [Read more...] about Subianto`s camp backs police to investigate fake news on marked ballots
A day after a searing investigation into Facebook by the New York Times, the company's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, is defending herself and the social media giant. In her first interview since the story was published, Sandberg told CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell she did not know about an effort described by the Times to publish stories critical of other tech companies, an apparent attempt to deflect attention away from Facebook. The campaign was reportedly orchestrated by the consulting firm Definers Public Affairs, a Republican opposition research group hired by Facebook. "We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news – that they have assured me was not happening. And again, we're doing a thorough look into what happened but they have assured me that we were not paying anyone to either write or promote anything that was false. And that's very important," Sandberg said. The Times also reported that the firm tried to tie critics of Facebook to George … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: “We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news”