Fact-Checking Research Database

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Measuring the reach of "fake news" and online disinformation in Europe

Richard Fletcher, Alessio Cornia, Lucas Graves, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
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Fake news reaches less people online than most assume

In one of the first quantifications of fake news in Europe, the authors found that, in France and Italy, users generally spend less time on selected fake news websites than they do on those of genuine media outlets. The report, which analyzed popular fake news sites identified by fact-checking organizations using comScore and CrowdTangle, found that mainstream news organizations accrue significantly more time spent on their stories than fake news outlets. But on Facebook, the situation is a little less clear; researchers found that the interactions generated by a small number of fake news met or exceeded those generated by the most popular news brands in France and Italy.

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