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As we all know, social media is even more polarized — and polarizing — than the rest of American society. It’s where people go to rant, rave and all-caps scream about politics and the media. If not for social media, fake news would not be spreading as rapidly as it is in 2018. But not all social media accounts are equal when it comes to spreading falsehoods and creating online echo chambers.
According to a new study from the University of Oxford that looked at junk news and political polarization among groups of American Facebook and Twitter users, political conservatives are more likely to share junk news. (“Junk news,” or fake news, is defined as media that is purposely misleading, deceptive or incorrect and which aims to convince readers that it is real news.) https://www.newsmediaalliance.org/fake-news-oxford-study/