Jan 10, 2019

Over 65s 'more likely' to share fake news on Facebook

Americans aged over 65 are much more likely than younger people to share fake news on Facebook, researchers say. It said, only 8.5% of people shared any stories generated by fake news sites. Suggests the study, pro-Trump republicans were more likely to share links than those who identified as Democrats. The researchers, from New York University and Princeton, did not draw conclusions about why older people were more likely to direct their Facebook friends to fake news sites. Although the numbers of links being shared were small, they could have a significant impact, said the researchers, because far more people read fake news than passed it on.

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