Influence of fake news in Twitter during the 2016 US presidential election

  title={Influence of fake news in Twitter during the 2016 US presidential election},
  author={Alexandre Bovet and Hern{\'a}n A. Makse},
  journal={Nature Communications},
The dynamics and influence of fake news on Twitter during the 2016 US presidential election remains to be clarified. Here, we use a dataset of 171 million tweets in the five months preceding the election day to identify 30 million tweets, from 2.2 million users, which contain a link to news outlets. Based on a classification of news outlets curated by, we find that 25% of these tweets spread either fake or extremely biased news. We characterize the networks of information… 

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