Trump supporters responsible for fake news?
by Julnade on February 7, 2018 - 11:56am
A new study from the “computational propaganda project” of the University of Oxford says that Trump supporters consume the largest volume of fake news on Facebook and Twitter. They explain it saying that the right wing shared and consumed the most part of the extremist, conspiratorial and bad quality news. Looking for the most significant sources of fake news shared in the three months before Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on January 2018, they found that a group of Trump supporters on Twitter was the biggest consumer of junk news and that the largest proportion of news links they share were fake news. On Facebook, the result of their research was even better. Distinct from Republican pages, they found that, at their own, extreme hard right pages shared more fake news on Facebook than every other audiences together did.
We can say that the article I summarized is credible because it speaks about a study from the University of Oxford, which is known for its high status. Also, the website where the article comes from is The Guardian, which is a reliable British daily newspaper. However, the reputation of The Guardian is to be on the mainstream left of British political opinion. So the author of the article seems to be not neutral on his opinion.
The summary is from the article Fake news sharing in US is a right-wing thing, says study of Alex Hern in The Guardian that was published on February 6th 2018 (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/06/sharing-fake-news-us-...).