Facebook users aged 65 plus and conservatives are more likely to share fake news on the platform than younger or more liberal counterparts, according to a new study published Wednesday. During the 2016 US presidential campaign, researchers from Princeton University and New York University surveyed over 2,711 Facebook users, of whom 49 percent agreed to share their profile data when asked after the election. They then compared links the respondents had shared on Facebook with several lists — including one compiled by BuzzFeed — of websites known to share false information. The study, published in Science Advances, found less than only 8.5 percent of respondents shared a link from one of these websites. However, of those that did, they tended to be older, and self-identified as being on the conservative end of the political spectrum. In fact, users over 65 — regardless of political affiliations — shared “nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains” as 18 to 29-year-olds, the youngest age group studied. “No other demographic characteristic seems to have a consistent effect on sharing fake news,” wrote the study’s authors, led by politics professor Andrew Guess of Princeton University. “It is possible that an entire cohort… Read full this story
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