Study claims that Facebook is better at fighting fake news than Twitter

A recently published study by Stanford University-based researchers claims that user interactions with fake news sites have fallen sharply on Facebook while they continue to rise on Twitter.

The report, titled ‘Trends in the Diffusion of Misinformation on Social Media’, is based on a study of stories from 570 sites identified as producers of false stories on Facebook and Twitter. While interactions on both platforms remained relatively stable in the build up to the 2016 US election, following the election, “Facebook engagements fell sharply (declining by more than 50 percent), while shares on Twitter continued to increase.”

At its peak, there were 200 million monthly engagements with the false information sites on Facebook. As of July 2018, this has dropped to 70 million. Twitter, meanwhile, has seen engagements stay in the range of four to six million a month from 2016 to 2018.

Since the 2016 presidential election, Facebook has attempted to address the rise of ‘fake news’ by hiring more content moderators, acquiring new companies, and deploying more AI software.

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