According to a report done by Buzzfeed News, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated “more engagement” than the top stories from actual news outlets, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and NBC News, according to an analysis.
“During these critical months of the campaign, 20 top-performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook. Within the same time period, the 20 best-performing election stories from 19 major news websites generated a total of 7,367,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.”
And, before you point fingers, most of the fake stories were very much aimed at conservatives:
“Of the 20 top-performing false election stories identified in the analysis, all but three were overtly pro-Donald Trump or anti-Hillary Clinton. Two of the biggest false hits were a story claiming Clinton sold weapons to ISIS and a hoax claiming the pope endorsed Trump. The only viral false stories during the final three months that were arguably against Trump’s interests were a false quote from Mike Pence about Michelle Obama, a false report that Ireland was accepting American “refugees” fleeing Trump, and a hoax claiming RuPaul said he was groped by Trump.”
So, when your crazy uncle shows you “facts” about why Hillary Clinton was secretly am ISIS leader and not at all fit for presidency as he passes you the gravy this Thanksgiving, just smirk as you relish in his stupidity and correct his dumb ass.
I can’t guarantee their won’t be a fight that completely divides your family, though.