Over 65s share the most fake news
A new study by New York and Princeton Universities in the United States has found that older users shared more fake news on Facebook than younger users, regardless of education, sex, race, income or how many links they shared. Infact, the data was so strong, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic.
During the 2016 American presidential election, 11 per cent of users aged 65 and over shared a hoax (fake news) story on Facebook compared with just three per cent of users aged 18 to 29. Infact, the 65 and over age group shared more than twice as many fake news articles than the next-oldest age group of 45 to 65.
Why do you think over 65s are more likely to believe fake news stories than any other age group?