People over 65 share fake news stories on Facebook more than any other age group
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Not surprised, if you guys have whatsapp family grp chats, its always the older family members sharing shit like how 'eating x will cure cancer' or 'mobile phones will give cancer'
They're also targeted and more likely to fall for phone scams, etc., so I guess this makes sense.
boomers: "wikipedia isn't trustworthy"
also boomers: "obama did benghazi"
What are my parents' excuses then?
Never trust the Eternal Boomer.
we must revolt against the elder menace who constantly attempt to spread misinformation!
first act of revolution:
shut down the bingo halls!
Cell phone fearmongering is why I can have a powerline adapter in the house because my mom believes "it turns the house into an antenna to blast wifi at us". Let's ignore the fact that we are already using wifi in the house and that powerline adapters are wired.
Those shared links were then compared with a list of fake news domains compiled by BuzzFeed News.
Isn't there like any better source on earth for that?
More evidence that boomers are the worst generation.
I wonder if this were persist with generations to come, because I can't help but think this has a lot to do with not growing up in a post truth world.
Maybe I'll call off the assassin I hired for this guy, he may come in useful yet.
Yeah this lines up. My grandmother dropped the stunning revelation of Merkel being Hitler's daughter during Christmas this time and expected everyone to believe it as she did.
Buzzfeed essentially operates with two divisions. One spews out all the clickbait quiz style stuff and the news section has actual legitimate reporting. They were the first to break the Steel Dossier for example.
we should make a separate "retirement internet" that only over 65s go to (and tell them its the "real internet")
Boomers in 1999: "Don't trust everything you read on the internet. You never know who could be saying it."
Boomers in 2019: "FlatEarthTom58 says Hilary Clinton's kill squads are protecting a child prostitution ring in a New York pizza place."
This is why we live in a post truth era. These people grew up in a time When news outlets had to be truthful and were held accountable. The times have moved on to where they can say whatever the fuck they want now, but the people still see it as true.
you fool the bingo halls are the only thing that pleases the ancient ones
Literally the next two lines in the article
The study authors additionally removed partisan and hyperpartisan domains such as Breitbart News to focus solely on sites that produced intentionally or systematically false news stories. The resulting list of fake news domains includes sites such as abcnews.com.co, The Denver Guardian, and Ending the Fed -- sites that wrote false stories that Pope Francis had endorsed Trump or that Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS, for example.
The part you quoted has a HTML link to the study where it has all the sites listed.
"Yep, Obama was a Muslim"
You say that as though tabloids didn't exist back then.
Its human to spread rumours, its just that with technology it becomes easier.
Unless Hitler died some time in 1953 at the very latest I get the feeling that your grandmother is off her rocker.
..bb...bbut i thought it was the snowflake remoaners/liberals who were gullible enough to think racism and cronyism was bad?
This is her tamest instance, trust me. There's a fucking saga that I don't think this threat is the place for.
I heard recently that older people have much more difficulty discerning sarcasm too, maybe they just take everything at face value.
reminds me of how my mom showed me a video of some navi babies from avatar and told me its real
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