Although most Facebook users did not share any fake news articles during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a new study reveals that the small number who did were mostly Americans over the age of 65. The findings suggest the need for renewed attention to educate particular vulnerable subgroups, such as those over the age of 65, about fake news. So-called fake news – false, misleading information that appears to resemble a news article – gained prominence during and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and scientists have raised concerns about fake news’ spread and its influence over public discourse. However, much remains unknown about the mechanics behind the spread of fake news during the election.
H/T Gary Price’s INFOdocket post.