Ashley May USA TODAY Published 12:03 PM EST Mar 5, 2019 A teenager who made headlines after defying his anti-vaxx mother testified in front of Congress on Tuesday, saying his mother's misinformation stemmed from social media. Ethan Lindenberger, a teenager from of Norwalk, Ohio, traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak at a health, education, labor and pension committee hearing Tuesday on a panel alongside health experts including John Wiesman, Washington state's Secretary of Health. He said as he approached high school and questioned why he wasn't vaccinated, his mother often met him with misinformation she found online and in social media groups — never trusting health officials. He recalled showing his mother articles from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and her replying with skepticism. "That’s what they want you to think," she would tell him, Lindenberger said Tuesday. In a question and answer portion … [Read more...] about Anti-vaxx moms gets fake news from Facebook, teen says in Congress
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When it came to sharing fake news on Facebook during the 2016 election, no age group was quite as active as those ages 65 and older, according to a new study. THE NEW YORK TIMES / 2018 Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, testifies at the joint hearing of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Users aged 65 and older posted seven times as many articles from fake news sites as adult users 29 and younger, a study found. When it came to sharing fake news on Facebook during the 2016 election, no age group was quite as active as those ages 65 and older, according to a new study. The study, published Wednesday in Science Advances, quantifies how aggressive seniors were in spreading misinformation, though the findings suggest that sharing such stories was relatively rare. On average, American Facebook users age 65 and older posted seven times as many articles from fake news websites as adults 29 and younger, according to the … [Read more...] about Older people shared fake news on Facebook more than others in 2016 race, study says
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: January 10, 2019 at 8:47 am | UPDATED: January 10, 2019 at 8:54 am Amid continued concerns about the online sharing of disinformation, a new study about fake news during the 2016 election shows who was most likely to share it on Facebook: seniors and conservatives. Researchers from Princeton and New York University said in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances that sharing of fake news on Facebook by users of the social network was “quite rare” (8.5 percent of those surveyed), but that those who did share fake news were older, regardless of political affiliation. More than 11 percent of people over age 65 shared links from fake news sites, compared with 3 percent of those ages 18 to 29 who did so. When political affiliation was taken into account, the most frequent sharers of fake news were conservatives and Republicans, according to the study. Eighteen percent of … [Read more...] about Who shared the most fake news on Facebook during 2016 election?
close Video Zuckerberg defends Facebook response to Russian interference New York Times reporter Cecilia Kang discusses her investigative report that social network giant Facebook sought to mislead the public about its response to the Russian misinformation campaign. Older Americans are more likely to share fake news on Facebook regardless of their education, race, income and their sharing activity, according to a new study by researchers are two major universities. The impact of fake news on the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been widely debated. One University of Oxford study last year concluded that pro-Trump fake news is likely to have persuaded at least some voters to choose him over Hillary Clinton. Facebook has now said that about 126 million people may have seen content posted by Russian-backed accounts over a period of two years. The latest study, published in Science Advances, analyzed user behavior in the … [Read more...] about Fake news on Facebook: Elderly users are more likely to spread misinformation
A day after a searing investigation into Facebook by The New York Times, the company's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, is defending herself and the social media giant. In her first interview since the story was published, Sandberg told "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell she did not know about an effort described by the Times to publish stories critical of other tech companies, an apparent attempt to deflect attention away from Facebook. The campaign was reportedly orchestrated by the consulting firm Definers Public Affairs, a Republican opposition research group hired by Facebook. "We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news – that they have assured me was not happening. And again, we're doing a thorough look into what happened but they have assured me that we were not paying anyone to either write or promote anything that was false. And that's very important," Sandberg said. The Times also reported that the firm tried to tie critics of Facebook to … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: “We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news”