Majority of “Fake” News Was Aimed at Donald Trump During Election
A new study from Stanford University and New York University shows “fake” news did not change the results of the Y 2016 Presidential election.
More false stories were aimed at President Donald Trump than the losing Democratic nominee, Hillary R. Clinton.
“Our data suggest that social media were not the most important source of election news and even the most widely circulated news stories were seen by only a small fraction of Americans,” the lead researchers wrote in the study.
The study revealed that only about 8% of American voters read the fake news stories, and even those who did could not recall what they had read or believed what they had seen.
The research concluded that fake stories would have had to have the persuasive power of 36 television advertisements to have marked a serious effect on the election.
“Fake news is the boldest sign of a post-truth society,” Politifact reported, while making the announcement.
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