The reach of commercially motivated junk news on Facebook

@article{Burger2019TheRO,
  title={The reach of commercially motivated junk news on Facebook},
  author={P. Burger and S. Kanhai and Alexander Pleijter and S. Verberne},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2019},
  volume={14}
}
  • P. Burger, S. Kanhai, +1 author S. Verberne
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science, Computer Science, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • Commercially motivated junk news–i.e. money-driven, highly shareable clickbait with low journalistic production standards–constitutes a vast and largely unexplored news media ecosystem. Using publicly available Facebook data, we compared the reach of junk news on Facebook pages in the Netherlands to the reach of Dutch mainstream news on Facebook. During the period 2013–2017 the total number of user interactions with junk news significantly exceeded that with mainstream news. Over 5 Million of… CONTINUE READING

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