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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: 2, Redundant) by FatPhil on Thursday February 08 2018, @04:27PM (3 children)

    by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Thursday February 08 2018, @04:27PM (#634988) Homepage
    BBC went, for me, full fake news bullshit on the day we joined the US in its illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. It pushed the government lies so hard down your neck that I was involuntarily shitting them at the same time.

    Others have opined that their coverage of Ireland way back during The Troubles was equally flawed. I cannot comment, as I was too young, naive, and isolated from the reality of the situation back then to be able to detect propaganda. I have no hesitation to repeat their opinions neutrally herein, to save them the effort, they are as believable as the news reports we got on the mainland.
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  • (Score: 2, Redundant) by DeathMonkey on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:21PM (2 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:21PM (#635037) Journal

    Accurately reporting what the administration was saying at the time is not Fake News.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by canopic jug on Thursday February 08 2018, @07:07PM

      by canopic jug (3949) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @07:07PM (#635127) Journal

      Only if they call out the lies, especially the blatant ones, while doing so. Otherwise they are just a conduit and not a news service.

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    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Friday February 09 2018, @08:39AM

      by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Friday February 09 2018, @08:39AM (#635446) Homepage
      If you cannot tell the difference between "A government report says 'something blatantly false'" and "Something blatantly false", congratulations, you're one of the sheeple.
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