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SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE FAKE NEWS

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE FAKE NEWS

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE FAKE NEWS

The emergence of fake news in the modern political discourse has deeply affected the outcome of that very system. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, some people are more likely to believe fake news. In this era of fake news and general distrust towards institutions, where do people get their information, what do they trust and distrust when it comes to news, and what role does Facebook play in the news ecosystem? The factors that influence likeliness to believe in fake news are central to this study. Our research leverages declarative and passive data collected in the UK, France and Germany, to track both the impact of social media on democratic societies and to assess the impact of democratic disruptions on the reputation of social media platforms.