Increasing numbers of Americans are finding themselves exposed to false information on social media sites like Twitter, according to a study from research firm Alexa.
The survey of 6,000 people found the number of Americans exposed to misinformation increased by more than 5 percent from 2016 to 2018.
It also found that people in general were more likely to believe fake news when it came from Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.
“In 2017, Facebook ads were viewed at over 1 billion times a day, according the company, with ads viewed on the site showing up in at least 60 percent of people who visited,” the study, published on Tuesday, said.
“While that is far higher than the 2.5 billion views for YouTube videos in 2018, it is still far below the 7 billion views of ‘fake’ news that appeared on social networks like Twitter and Facebook.”
In a statement, Facebook said it was committed to improving its platform to better ensure the safety and privacy of our community.
“As part of this effort, we’ve introduced a series of safety and security measures to help prevent and tackle malicious and misleading content,” it said.
“The most recent update to our platform addresses the need for more sophisticated verification when it comes to content.
We have also increased transparency in how these verification processes work, so we can better understand how to address concerns about the integrity of our platform.”
Alexa said it had also found a number of problems in how Twitter handles content, including how the platform treats the content and whether users are able to remove abusive content.
A new report by the nonprofit Citizen Lab found that fake news is spreading at alarming rates and the majority of Americans have seen a significant amount of misinformation spread online.
“We’re seeing a massive spike in fake news on social platforms,” the group’s founder and chief executive, David Becker, told CNN on Tuesday.
“We’re in a very dangerous time where people are going to be more open to these things, to spread these things.”
“It’s a very important moment to be in this election, but there’s a huge danger of losing the information that has been in the public domain for years,” he said.
Trump has been accused of inciting violence against protesters during the campaign and inciting white supremacists in his speeches and rallies.