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Junk news and professional news in 2019: Facebook interactions in Europe, by language

Fake news has become an increasingly important issue in recent years, especially around the time of elections. In the month leading up to the European Parliament elections in May 2019, the average number of Facebook interactions (likes, comments, shares) was measured for the top five junk and professional news sources in seven different languages. In four of the seven languages, interactions for professional news stories were completely outweighed by the number of interactions for junk news stories.

Average Facebook interactions for junk news and professional news stories in 2019, by European language

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Release date

May 2019


Europe, EU

Survey time period

April 5 to May 5, 2019

Supplementary notes

The source "extracted the five most popular sources of junk news in each language sphere and measured the volume of Facebook interactions" and used "the same metrics for the five most popular professional news sources from each language sphere."

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