Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Elderly, Conservatives Shared Most Fake News

“People over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information masquerading as news on social media than younger adults, moderates and super liberals during the 2016 election season, a new study finds.”

“When other demographic factors and overall posting tendencies are factored in, the average person older than 65 shared seven times more false information than those between 18 and 29. The seniors shared more than twice as many fake stories as people between 45 and 64 and more than three times that of people in the 30- to 44-year-old range...”

“When other demographics and posting practices are factored in, people who called themselves very conservative shared the most false information, a bit more than those who identify themselves as conservative. The ultra conservatives shared misinformation 6.8 times more often than the very liberals and 6.7 times more than moderates.”

My Comment: Trump’s beating the fake news drum seemingly resonates well with his core constituency.