Skip to comments.Facebook seeing increased misinformation ahead of 2020: study
Posted on 11/06/2019 11:36:39 AM PST by yesthatjallen
The number of fake political news stories on Facebook has surged as the 2020 presidential race heats up, according to Avaaz, a global advocacy group that tracks misinformation.
The group, which released its findings on the issue Wednesday, looked at the 100 most-viral fake political stories on Facebook in 2019. In total, those 100 stories were posted more than 2.3 million times and grossed an estimated 158.9 million views. For comparison, just under 140 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election.
According to Avaaz's report, fake news stories that went against Democrats and liberals made up 62 percent of the total stories and drew 104 million views. Twenty-nine percent of the fake stories went against Republicans or conservatives and were seen 49 million times. The remaining 9 percent featured pro-Republican content.
Over half of the views (84 million) have come in the past three months, the group says.
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As much as Democrats have benefited from Facebook in the past, they will never forgive Zuckerberg for allowing Russian ads on Facebook. They honestly believe Russian Facebook ads cost Hillary the election.
They're doing everything they can to discredit Facebook including now running fake ads that are not fact checked to embarrass Zuckerberg and force him to self-regulate.
Regardless what you think of Zuckerberg and Facebook, Democrats are trying to seize control.
This is a coordinated attack and destroy.
Well if they’d stop taking down Pro-Trump Posters on social media sites then they’d have a ‘fair’ picture rather than show their obvious bias.
Several months after the 2016 election, I happened to look back in my Facebook timeline, and I saw a warning from Facebook posted that I’d never seen before saying that I’d posted “fake news” about Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump. I’d even posted it in November AFTER the election.
Anyone here who knows me pretty well knows that I’m an evangelical Christian who would not endorse something Catholic or Pope Francis. And, I always investigate the source of an article, and had already heard of this fake story about Pope Francis and knew without being told that he’d never endorse Trump. I knew before many Catholics that Francis wasn’t going to uphold Catholic doctrine.
In short, I’d never post an article like that, even several weeks after the election. So I’m mystified as to how that post appeared in my timeline. My suspicion is that it might have been planted by Facebook.
Facebook or any other social media service should not have an opinion regarding the information it is carrying - misinformation or not! Does “the channel - say a wire” know what’s in the signal flowing down it? NO!
The bottom line from all the social media carriers should be “ you read something you don’t like? Don’t read it or ignore it! otherwise don’t subscribe!” Particularly with today’s technology the customer ought to be able to block what he/she doesn’t like! Set up your private forum and ignore everyone else!
And how did Avaaz determine what was "fake news"?
They went against Democrats and liberals, of course.
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