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Facebook, Study Confirms: Fake News Have Much More Interactions Than Verified News

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Facebook fake news is one of the most interaction-based content on the social network: a recent study of user behaviour on the platform of Mark Zuckerberg found that misinformation receives six times more…likes and shares than the

The peer-reviewed study was conducted by researchers from New York University and Grenoble Alpes University in France, and analyzed Facebook posts from over 2,500 news publishers such as CNN, known sources for their reliability as the World Organization To reach the following conclusions, experts have based themselves on the categorizations of NewsGuard and Media Bias/Fact Check organizations, which have long been interested in online misinformation, which divide thousands of publishers according to their political inclinations and their propensity to do so.

Well, the study has allowed us to discover that the pages known for the long time for the spread of fake news, both far-right and far-left, generate much more involvement among Facebook users than the official pages of the same political groups. However, it is noted that in the case of right-wing publishers and groups there is a much higher propensity to share misleading information than publishers of other political categories; or, among the various extreme right-wing pages, those that spread disinformation get 68% of the interactions The topics on which the study focused were the pandemic of COVID-19, the theories of the conspiracy on vaccines and alternative treatments, but also the US presidential election.

The study has however proved that there are no concrete data related to potential damage caused by Facebook algorithms. Rather, one of the authors of the study, Laura Edelson, explained that misinformation is amplified because it works well with those who surround themselves with users and content that post misleading news in a regular way. This would therefore be a significant spread among private groups and personal chats, within circles of people who share mainly news from unverified sources.

In response to this study, Facebook spokesperson Joe Osborne said: • This report mainly examines how people interact with content, which should not be confused with how many people actually see it on Facebook

Also about Facebook, a report published by ProPublica reported that the company could read private conversations on WhatsApp.

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