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posted by martyb on Thursday February 08 2018, @11:20AM   Printer-friendly
from the it's-a-right-wing-thing dept.

Fake News Sharing in US is a Right-Wing Thing, Says Study

A study by researchers at Oxford University concluded that sharing fake and junk news is much more prevalent amongst Trump supporters and other people with hard right-wing tendencies.

From the Guardian:

The study, from the university's "computational propaganda project", looked at the most significant sources of "junk news" shared in the three months leading up to Donald Trump's first State of the Union address this January, and tried to find out who was sharing them and why.

"On Twitter, a network of Trump supporters consumes the largest volume of junk news, and junk news is the largest proportion of news links they share," the researchers concluded. On Facebook, the skew was even greater. There, "extreme hard right pages – distinct from Republican pages – share more junk news than all the other audiences put together.

Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption over Social Media in the US

What kinds of social media users read junk news? We examine the distribution of the most significant sources of junk news in the three months before President Donald Trump's first State of the Union Address. Drawing on a list of sources that consistently publish political news and information that is extremist, sensationalist, conspiratorial, masked commentary, fake news and other forms of junk news, we find that the distribution of such content is unevenly spread across the ideological spectrum. We demonstrate that (1) on Twitter, a network of Trump supporters shares the widest range of known junk news sources and circulates more junk news than all the other groups put together; (2) on Facebook, extreme hard right pages—distinct from Republican pages—share the widest range of known junk news sources and circulate more junk news than all the other audiences put together; (3) on average, the audiences for junk news on Twitter share a wider range of known junk news sources than audiences on Facebook's public pages.

http://comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/research/polarization-partisanship-and-junk-news/

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by DannyB on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:20PM (2 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:20PM (#634946) Journal

    there is no such thing as objective reality,

    1. Some people say the sun rises in the East. Others say in the West. The truth lies probably somewhere in between. Or, we should give both opinions equal weight.

    2. There are no absolutes! Absolutely no absolutes! So you can't be sure of anything.

    3. There are people who believe he earth is flat. They are deeply misguided and wrong. In reality the earth is a disc with mountains and valleys, a non-smooth (eg, non-flat) surface. The sun, moon and stars revolve in a circle above the disk. Gravity is an illusion also. It is actually acceleration at 9.8 meters / second ^ 2. The disc is on the back of an infinite stack of turtles. The final turtle of that infinite stack is propelled by a rocket at 9.8 m/s^2 using a perpetual motion machine.

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    Employers should not mandate wearing clothing. It should be a personal choice. It only affects me. Junk can't breathe!
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @04:42PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @04:42PM (#634998)

    YES! This is why we need the certainty of religious doctrine.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday February 08 2018, @06:29PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @06:29PM (#635094) Journal

      I sense you are sarcastic, so you might instead settle for the comforting certainty of Fox News. (Surely that isn't religious doctrine.)

      Apart from that, there certainly do seem to be objective facts in the world.

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      Employers should not mandate wearing clothing. It should be a personal choice. It only affects me. Junk can't breathe!