More Americans are using Facebook and other social media sites to share misinformation, and a surge in traffic to such sites has accelerated, according to research by social media company Trend Micro.
Facebook users share about 10 percent of all posts on the platform, up from about 5 percent in 2016, according the company.
The company says that users are posting misinformation at a rate three times higher than the number of people who actually read it.
Trend Micro researchers say their research shows that users “are not only sharing content with little or no fact checking, they are also sharing content without providing sufficient context.”
Trend Micro researchers found that Facebook users shared about 10% of all post on the site, up a whopping 10 percent from about five percent in the 2016 presidential election.
The study found that the average number of times that a user shared a false story on Facebook in the week ending Jan. 6 was 4.4 times, up 11 percent from the week before the election.
Trend Mic also said that in the weeks following the election, the average time for a Facebook user to post a false post was about 3 minutes, up more than 40 percent.
Trend Micro says that people are sharing content at a pace that is “three times higher” than the population of the United States, as people believe that the spread of fake news has increased as Trump has become president.