80 percent of Twitter accounts that regularly spread ‘fake news’ in 2016 still active

Disinformation, ‘Fake News’ and Influence Campaigns on Twitter analyzed more than 10 million tweets from 700,000 Twitter accounts that linked to more than 600 fake and conspiracy news outlets. Crucially, the study compares fake and conspiracy news both before and after the election, allowing us to measure how the fake news ecosystem has evolved since November 2016. The study, commissioned by the Knight Foundation, found that Twitter is still rife with “fake news” a month out from the 2018 midterms, with more than 80 percent of the accounts that regularly spread misinformation in 2016 still active. The study found that those accounts together still publish upward of a million tweets a day.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.