Junk News Consumers? Mostly Trump Supporters

You’ll recall that a couple of years ago a survey revealed that people who watch Fox News (as a primary source of news) actually knew less about what was happening in the world than people who consumed no news at all. (Story here.)

Now we have a survey from Oxford University (here) that tells us (what we already knew) that hard conservatives and Trump supporters are the biggest single consumers of “junk news.”

“The study linked a full 55 percent of all junk news traffic on Twitter to the Trump Support group. ‘On Twitter, a network of Trump supporters shares the widest range of known junk news sources and circulates more junk news than all the other groups put together,’ the authors noted.

“For comparison, the Democratic Party and Progressive Movement groups together accounted for 1 percent of junk news traffic on Twitter, according to the study.

“On Facebook, the study found that ‘extreme hard right pages—distinct from Republican pages—share the widest range of known junk news sources and circulate more junk news than all the other audiences put together.’ The ‘Hard Conservative’ group accounted for 58 percent of junk news traffic on Facebook. (The Democratic Party group accounted for 12 percent.)”

Among the groups studied were Hard Conservative, Women’s Rights, Conspiracy, Libertarian, Trump Support and Democratic Party. There were 92 sources of junk news.

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