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 Post subject: Trumpies Heart Fake News
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:08 pm 
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I know, it's a water is wet story. Liberals probably already believe this, conservatives will doubt it, the world keeps spinning.

I know I was not surprised. :D

Study methodology looks sound to me... and the "both sides do it" false equivalency narrative bites the dust. BTW, a cause of political polarization has also been identified.

Junk’ political news shared more widely by Trump backers, study finds
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politic ... 56159.html

Backers of President Donald Trump are sharing more “junk” political news – ideologically extreme, conspiratorial, sensationalist and phony information – over Twitter and Facebook than all other groups combined, significantly magnifying the polarization in the American electorate, according to an analysis by British researchers.

Rather than obtaining news over social media from mainstream outlets, these Americans shared posts from 92 Twitter accounts of fringe groups such as "100PercentFEDUp," "Beforeitsnews," "TheAngryAmericans" and "WeArethenewmedia" during the three months before Trump’s first State of the Union address, the Oxford University researchers reported.

The study, which culled data from hundreds of thousands of social media accounts, found similar patterns among Facebook users.

Although the “junk” news sites considered in the analysis included those on both the left and right, lead researcher Philip Howard said the findings suggest "that most of the junk news that people share over social media ends up with Trump’s fans, the far right. They’re playing with different facts, and they think they have the inside scoop on conspiracies."

As a result, he said in a phone interview, it appears that "a small chunk of the population isn’t able to talk politics or share ideas in a sensible way with the rest of the population."

“That’s a problem for democracy," Howard said. "In an ideal world, everybody would get at least a few of the same news stories, There’d be some shared facts and some shared understanding of the problems” facing the country.

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“Trust in news is strikingly divided across ideological lines, and an ecosystem of alternative news is flourishing, fueled by extremist, sensationalist, conspiratorial, masked commentary, fake news and other forms of junk news.”

The researchers gathered the names of hundreds of thousands of public Facebook and Twitter accounts over an 18-month period and, using a set of criteria defining junk news, winnowed them to a list of “obvious” sites, Howard said. “These are the sites that anybody in their right mind would qualify as extremist, sensationalist, conspiratorial.”

“They use swear words in the headlines … or all capital letters. It’s stuff you might call commentary masking as news, if you were being generous.”

Among those on Oxford’s list are Breitbart News and InfoWars, two popular far-right sites that have been especially sympathetic to Trump and his administration. McClatchy reported in March that federal investigators were examining whether those or other ultra-right sites collaborated in any way with Russia’s broad cyber operation aimed at disrupting the 2016 U.S. presidential election and ultimately, according to top U.S. intelligence agencies, sought to defeat Hillary Clinton and elect Trump.

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Under pressure from investigators for the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Facebook and Twitter since have conducted internal investigations and found that Russian operatives created tens of thousands of automated election-related accounts on Twitter and hundreds of fake accounts on Facebook.

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Among a sample of Twitter users with strong connections to one of 10 groups along the political spectrum, the researchers found that 96 percent of Trump backers widely shared “junk” news and did so more than all other groups combined; the groups included military and gun rights supporters, liberals and other Democrats, and more. Among 13 similar categories of Facebook users, 91 percent of “hard conservatives” circulated junk news, also more than all other categories combined.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:18 pm 
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isnt all that WHY FB came about?...to do just exactly those things?

..""that most of the junk news that people share over social media ends up with"....

whomever the Ads are aimed at?...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:25 pm 
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in fact...id hold FB highly responsible for letting so much shit flow on their 'social' site
full of ads and snooping.
they, FB, couldnt tell bots from spooks from regular folks as tho they never imagined this could happen.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:02 pm 
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Illiterate cons :problem:

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:58 pm 
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Fake News: Pro-Trump Billboard Removed From Times Square After Complaints

A "Fake News" billboard that lit Times Square has been shut off.

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/new ... complaints


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