CU Boulder study finds ideologically extreme Facebook users share the most fake news, ‘countermedia’

Daily Camera (Boulder): A recent study from the University of Colorado Boulder found that ideologically extreme Facebook users share more fake news and countermedia posts than their Twitter counterparts and those who identified as politically moderate.

The study, published in the journal Human Communication Research, examined the Facebook and Twitter posts of 783 Facebook and Twitter users between Aug. 1, 2015 and June 6, 2017. Researchers determined the political leanings of each user and determined whether they shared anything from 106 fake news or “countermedia” websites.

The authors of the study said they opted to use the term countermedia as opposed to fake news because while fake news from conspiracy-driven websites such as InfoWars can be easily spotted and disregarded, countermedia sites like Breitbart News are far more deceptive.

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