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每日跟讀#523: Older people are more likely to share fake news


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

每日跟讀#523: Older people are more likely to share fake news

Facebook users aged 65 plus are more likely to share fake news on the platform than their younger counterparts, according to a new study.


During the 2016 US presidential campaign, researchers from Princeton University and New York University surveyed over 2,711 Facebook users. They then compared links the respondents had shared on Facebook with several websites known to share false information.


The study found only 8.5 per cent of respondents shared a link from one of these websites. However, users over 65 - regardless of political affiliations - shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as 18 to 29-year-olds, the youngest age group studied.


"It is possible that an entire cohort of Americans, now in their 60s and beyond, lacks the level of digital media literacy necessary to reliably determine the trustworthiness of news online," the authors suggested.


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