However, during the time period analyzed, we found that right-wing
pages were more prone to sharing false or misleading information
than left-wing pages. Mainstream pages did not share any
completely false information, but did publish a small number of
posts that included unverified claims. (More on that below.)
We rated 86 out of a total 666 right-wing Facebook posts as mostly
false, for a percentage of 13%. Another 167 posts (25%) were rated
as a mixture of true and false. Viewed separately or together
(38%), this is an alarmingly high percentage.
Left-wing pages did not earn as many “mostly false” or “mixture of
true and false” ratings, but they did share false and misleading
content. We identified 22 mostly false posts out of a total of 471
from these pages, which means that just under 5% of left-wing
posts were untrue. We rated close to 14% of these posts (68) a
mixture of true and false. Taken together, nearly a fifth of all
left-wing posts we analyzed were either partially or mostly false.
I once wrote a column arguing Facebook probably hasn’t led to more
partisanship. I now think that’s completely wrong.
I now think Facebook is contributing to the decline of western
civilization. By helping spread misinformation.
We replaced civil society w/ self-selecting, self-reinforcing
loops of affinity feeding our brains w/ social validation of