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Fake News is A Real Problem

Fake News is A Real Problem

Facebook engagement of the top five fake election stories*

Headline Publisher
"Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President, Releases Statement" Ending the Fed 960,000
"Wikileaks CONFIRMS Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS...Then Drops Another BOMBSHELL! Breaking News" The Political Insider 789,000
"IT'S OVER: Hillary's ISIS Email Just Leaked & It's Worse Than Anyone Could Have imagined" [sic] Ending the Fed 754,000
"Just Read The Law: Hillary Is Disqualified From Holding Any Federal Office" Ending the Fed 701,000
"FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead in Appartment Murder-Suicide" [sic] Denver Guardian 567,000

Total Facebook engagement for top 20 election stories (August-election day)

Fake news 8.7 m
Mainstream news 7.3 m

 *Engagement is measured as total number of shares, reactions, and comments

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Source: Buzzsumo via Buzzfeed

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