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FB Users over 65yrs more likely to share fake news: Study

FB Users over 65yrs more likely to share fake news: Study

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Share fake news, An NYU and Princeton University study has found that people older than 65 years are more likely to share fake news on Facebook. The study, conducted on 3,500 participants across ages, examined participants’ behaviour before and after the 2016 US presidential elections. Posts on participants’ timelines were then checked against a list of domains which historically shared fake news.

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Social Networking site Facebook users aged 65 plus and conservatives are more likely to share fake news on the platform than younger or more liberal counterparts, according to a new study published Wednesday.

Researchers from Princeton University and New York University analyzed the Facebook posts of nearly 1,200 people who agreed to share their data in the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election.

They then compared links the respondents had shared on Facebook with several lists — including one compiled by BuzzFeed — of websites known to share false information.

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The study, published in Science Advances, found less than only 8.5 percent of respondents shared a link from one of these websites. However, those that did tended to be older and self-identified as being on the conservative end of the political spectrum.

In fact, users over 65 — regardless of political affiliations — shared “nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains” as 18 to 29-year-olds, the youngest age group studied. “No other demographic characteristic seems to have a consistent effect on sharing fake news,” the authors reported.

“It is possible that an entire cohort of Americans, now in their 60s and beyond, lacks the level of digital media literacy necessary to reliably determine the trustworthiness of news encountered online,” they suggested.

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