Baby boomers share nearly 7 times as many ‘fake news’ articles on Facebook as adults under 30, new study finds

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  • A new study by researchers at Princeton and New York University found that people over 65 years old were far more likely to share fake news on Facebook than all other adults.
  • Researchers looked at Facebook posts leading up to the 2016 presidential election and after, checking them for popular news domains known for spreading disinformation.
  • The study concluded the practice of sharing fake news is fairly rare in general.

A recently published study found Facebook users over 65 years old were more likely to share fake news, a phenomenon that became a household phrase in the lead-up to the 2016 US presidential election and one that is still persistent today.

Researchers at both Princeton and New York University concluded that though the practice is rare overall, the likelihood to share disinformation correlated more strongly with age than it did education, sex, or political views.


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This article and images were originally posted on [Tech Insider] January 10, 2019 at 12:28PM. Credit to the original author and Tech Insider | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.


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