February 6, 2018

THEY CAN'T HANDLE REALITY:

'Junk' political news shared more widely by Trump backers, study finds (February 06, 2018, McClatchy)

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.

One can hardly expect them to read genuine news without totally decompensating.

Posted by at February 6, 2018 1:37 PM

  

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