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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @12:49PM (10 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @12:49PM (#634854)

    Who decided that democrats are liberal? I mean, if you want really fake news, you couldn't start in a better place. What, "liberal" because of Kennedy? How long did that last? They shot that horse in '68. You don't go after the mob and live to tell about it.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:35PM (9 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:35PM (#634899) Journal

    We in America decided that Dems are more liberal than Reps. People in Europe tend to agree with that, while at the same time pointing out that we don't have a liberal party. We have a right and a further right party, no left party. Still, liberal is a useful term. Try to keep up.

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    ‘Never trust a man whose uncle was eaten by cannibals’
    • (Score: 2) by fritsd on Thursday February 08 2018, @04:52PM (4 children)

      by fritsd (4586) on Thursday February 08 2018, @04:52PM (#635010) Journal

      Actually, I like the Political Compass [politicalcompass.org]. It makes more sense to add ad dimension.

      • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:34PM (3 children)

        by Thexalon (636) on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:34PM (#635053)

        That is certainly an improvement, but the fact of the matter is that nobody fits into a neat little box, and it often depends a lot on who's getting paid and who's doing the paying.

        For instance, everybody whose local economy does not depend on military spending is, when asked about it, likely to say something along the lines of "Grr, why should I have to pay all this money so the Air Force can get planes that don't fly, and the Army can get tanks they didn't ask for?" Whereas everybody whose local economy does depend on military spending is pretty universally in favor of it, even if they know it serves no actual government purpose but does keep themselves or their family members employed.

        In short, it's not "All politics is local" but "All politics is personal".

        --
        The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 09 2018, @01:53AM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 09 2018, @01:53AM (#635348)

          A great example is my dad.

          He never served in the military. He was an industrial PhD scientist who worked for food companies that were not military suppliers. He never lived in a town with a military base.

          He wants a bigger military. He has wanted more nukes since at least when he was in college in the 1960s, probably earlier. He wants more soldiers, more sailors, and more airmen. He wants bombers, submarines, and aircraft carriers. He especially wants space-based weapons and anti-ICBM systems.

          He isn't rich, but he's willing to pay. He donated over $1000 to Trump, and has spent quite a bit supporting the NRA. Although he isn't fond of taxes, he sees the military as the most important expense of the federal government.

          ...

          I'm a slightly less-good example, due to my employer selling bombs, but I didn't randomly choose my career. It's not like I would have been happy making phone apps and web pages. I love making things to harm America's enemies. Even before I got employed this way, I agreed with my dad.

          My brother is also a slightly less-good example, in his case due to a military base near his house. Thing is, he had his opinions before he moved there.

          • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 09 2018, @05:10AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 09 2018, @05:10AM (#635388)

            I love making things to harm America's enemies

            USA.gov's enemies are almost exclusively of its own making.

            In 1853, USAian Commodore Perry sailed a fleet with 61 cannons into Tokyo Bay and told the Japanese in no uncertain terms that they would open themselves to trade.

            In 1896, USAian Marines invaded and occupied Hawaii and USA.gov never left.

            In 1898, yellow journalism took USA.gov into a war of Imperialism against Spain.

            WWI was a European matter. USA.gov had no business getting involved.

            ...and as soon as WWI was over, USA.gov (and a dozen other Capitalist countries) invaded the newborn USSR (and never bothered to tell USAians it was doing that).

            In the 1930s, USA.gov sent a fleet to blockade Japanese trade in the Malaccan Strait.
            Pearl Harbor was payback.

            The coup which deposed the democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953 and installed a brutal monster was directed by CIA.

            The USAian invasion and occupation of Vietnam was overt Imperialism.
            ...and USA.gov murdered civilians by the millions in that.

            ...and we could go all the way back to "the shores of Tripoli" (the Mediterranean coast of Libya, 1803) or "the halls of Montezuma" (Mexico City, 1845).

            -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 09 2018, @06:47AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 09 2018, @06:47AM (#635423)

              You can't help the brainwashed, those events are too far removed for them. If nothing else they wave them away with "all countries do the same shit" and therefore they might as well look out for their own.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday February 08 2018, @06:40PM (2 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @06:40PM (#635105) Journal

      People in Europe

      Is it really that big a deal that people in Europe have a different viewpoint than people in the US, particularly, when part of the difference probably comes from people migrating from Europe to the US? For example, a lot of religious conservatives left Europe for the US in the 17th through to 19th Centuries, basically a good portion of the more extreme Protestant faiths of the time (such as Lutherans, Puritans, Quakers, Calvinists, and Anabaptists); a good portion of the people fleeing the law, tyrannical states, or personal relationships; and a heaping helping of ambitious opportunists of all stripes. That probably by itself explains the different attitudes in the US concerning religion, crime, firearm ownership, and business.

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday February 08 2018, @11:17PM (1 child)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @11:17PM (#635276) Journal

        It is something of a deal that European are constantly reminding us that we have no "left". But, I think they err, at least to some degree. Our left is unlike their left, but our left DOES cater to the welfare masses, or at least they try hard to give that appearance. And, our right caters to the law and order crowd, or at least tries hard to appear to do so. Our left and right are quite different from the Euro left and right, but they share a lot of similarities. Immigration? Tax the rich? Benefits for the poor? There are a lot of similarities, that many Euros want to dismiss.

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        ‘Never trust a man whose uncle was eaten by cannibals’
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 09 2018, @01:08AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 09 2018, @01:08AM (#635329)

          Hmm, welfare masses you say? You mean all the poor conservatives that hog the majority of welfare budgets?

          Riiiight. Guess I'd better what out for those scurrry welfare queens that flaunt their degeneracy as they jaywalk in front of your car.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 11 2018, @03:55AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 11 2018, @03:55AM (#636254)

      We in America decided that Dems are more liberal than Reps.

      Yeah... An look what it got ya! How is it that the party of Richard Daley and George Wallace is in anyway "liberal" compared to the party that actually sent in the army to desegregate the schools and had to help vote in the voting/civil rights acts?? Who was the guy that signed the EPA and OSHA into existence? Somewhere you all got your wires crossed. You can compare republicans to democrats only in the same way you can compare virus to bacteria. One is not necessarily worse than the other, only different. I mean, like, which venereal disease would you rather have? Sorry, people who vote republican or democrat don't know fake from real, or they are looking for a piece of the action, and I sure don't sympathize with that bunch!