Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Trump Supporters Share More Fake News Than Anyone Else

Trump supporters share more fake news on social media than any other political group, according to a new study from Oxford University. Researchers studied more than 13,000 Twitter users and 47,000 Facebook pages in the days leading up to President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address to determine which social media users spread the most "junk" news. They discovered that Trump supporters on Twitter shared more unreliable news than all other groups combined. On Facebook, extreme conservatives share more junk news than all other audiences put together. The researchers defined "junk news" as "misleading, deceptive or incorrect information purporting to be real news about politics, economics or culture". A team of 12 researchers coded news stories to determine which sites were likely to broadcast this kind of news. The final list included sites like Breitbart News and InfoWars.

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I don't think this really surprises anyone. I like that this study was done by a foreign University with no political biases, and used sound academic methods.

Comments

Oxford University? Pshaw. Bunch of liberal Democratic eggheads trying to prevent America from becoming great again.

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-02-07 01:21 PM

Oh, the irony.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-07 02:04 PM

I don't need a study to tell me that some who is gullible enough to vote for Trump is gullible enough to believe the BS needed to vote for Trump.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-07 02:27 PM

#3 Usually the 4x4 with the truck nuts and misspelled bumper stickers on it is a dead giveaway.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-07 03:09 PM

Sharing Fake News is what Fake Plastic People do.

Making America Gullible Again!

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-07 03:17 PM

If you're going to invent something, you may as well use it.

#6 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-02-07 03:21 PM

NOT Fake Newz:

Clinton looking past Trump to transition planning - www.cnn.com

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-07 03:37 PM

Maybe Trump should have done some transition planning instead of just colluding.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-07 05:48 PM

"Maybe Trump should have done some transition planning..."

Like maybe vetting his people to see if they were Russian spies.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-07 06:12 PM

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