In the final months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement than the top stories from mainstream news outlets. Hillary Clinton has called on her supporters to continue their work building a better, stronger, and fairer America. And the winners of the 2016 National Book Awards.
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Fake election news stories were shared more than real news on Facebook in the final months of the US election.
During these critical months, 20 top-performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.
Within the same time period, the 20 best-performing election stories from 19 major news websites generated a total of 7,367,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.
This new data illustrates the power of fake election news on Facebook, and comes as the social network deals with criticism that it allowed false content to run rampant during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Facebook is radicalizing you. The platform can no longer ignore the role their platform is playing in shaping both how we understand global politics, but also, our own identities, writes BuzzFeed News’ Ryan Broderick.
Although it would be simplistic to hang the global surge of nationalism and far-right thinking on Facebook’s algorithms alone, it is undeniable how fast these nationalist far-right political movements are growing, thanks to some key changes Facebook made to its newsfeed two years ago.
BuzzFeed News reached out to Facebook to ask whether or not it has safeguards in place for users who become radicalized — the company hasn’t responded yet.
A sample of memes from far right communities like Britain First, Sos racisme anti-blanc, Meninist Posts, 4chan, r/The_Donald, and United Patriots Front. Facebook / Reddit / 4chan / BuzzFeed
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The little-known law that put a man behind bars twice for the same shooting.
Carlos Carromero spent a decade in prison for shooting and paralyzing a man in 1984. After the victim died from related injuries 29 years later, the District Attorney charged him with second-degree murder, using a “delayed death” law that allows prosecutors to file murder charges even if a victim dies years after the original jury.
“I felt bad that that man died, but how can they say that I caused his death all these years later?” Carromero said. “I already did my time for what I did.”