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"Less than you think: Prevalence and predictors of fake news dissemination on Facebook"
Abstract
So-called “fake news” has renewed concerns about the prevalence and effects of misinformation in political campaigns. Given the potential for widespread dissemination of this material, we examine the individual-level characteristics associated with sharing false articles during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. To do so, we uniquely link an original survey with respondents’ sharing activity as recorded in Facebook profile data. First and foremost, we find that sharing this content was a relatively rare activity. Conservatives were more likely to share articles from fake news domains, which in 2016 were largely pro-Trump in orientation, than liberals or moderates. We also find a strong age effect, which persists after controlling for partisanship and ideology: On average, users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as the youngest age group.
socialmedia  fakenews  2016election  Facebook 
february 2019 by bryanalexander
"Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election"
"Although 6% of people who shared URLs with political content shared content from fake news sources, the vast majority of fake news shares and exposures were attributable to tiny fractions of the population."
Abstract
The spread of fake news on social media became a public concern in the United States after the 2016 presidential election. We 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."
fakenews  socialmedia  2016election  Twitter 
february 2019 by bryanalexander
Voter Suppression and Racial Targeting: In Facebook’s and Twitter’s Words - The New York Times
A new report says that social media companies have evaded or been misleading about claims that Russian efforts on their platforms tried to discourage voting.
politics  russia  usa  2016election  facebook  instagram  twitter  google  a:tiffany_hsu  @nytimes 
december 2018 by cglinka
Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African-Americans on Social Media - The New York Times
“Very real racial tensions and feelings of alienation exist in America, and have for decades,” Ms. DiResta said. “The I.R.A. didn’t create them. It exploits them.”

media  elections  instagram  facebook  google  twitter  politics  russia  2016election  donald_trump  a:scott_shane  a:sheera_frenkel  @nytimes 
december 2018 by cglinka
Pantsuit Sasquatch
A fun if somber take on the outcome of the 2016 election from Clinton's point of view.
video  musicvideo  2016election  hillaryclinton 
september 2018 by UltraNurd
Levi Boxell , Matthew Gentzkow, Jesse M. Shapiro, "A note on internet use and the 2016 U.S. presidential election outcome"
"the Republican share of the vote in 2016 was as high or higher among the groups least active online... our findings imply that the internet was not a source of advantage to Trump."
2016election 
august 2018 by bryanalexander
Keith Hampton and Eszter Hargittai, "Stop blaming Facebook for Trump's election win"
"If media did play a role in deciding the results, it was in the mass media where Trump outperformed. As if we needed reminding, a reality TV star is going to be the next president of the United States. And Trump received a significant boost from mass media coverage. "

"the same demographic that is most likely to be disconnected from the internet was most likely to vote for Trump."
2016election  socialmedia  tv  tvnews 
july 2018 by bryanalexander
Twitter
Looking Back: Despite Increasing Threats And Violence, Americans Show Support For
2016election  activism  from twitter
july 2018 by kitoconnell
Twitter
Looking Back: Trump Stokes Hate Against Journalists, Clinton Attacks Whistleblowers
2016election  from twitter
july 2018 by kitoconnell
Twitter
Looking Back: False Feminism: Hillary Clinton And Her Financial Backers Are No Friends To
2016election  from twitter
july 2018 by kitoconnell
Twitter
Looking Back: Lawsuit Warns $234B In Aid To Israel Violates US Law Against Supporting
2016election  from twitter
july 2018 by kitoconnell

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