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Dartmouth Professor: 'Political Power of Fake News and Bots Is Overblown'

Dartmouth Professor: 'Political Power of Fake News and Bots Is Overblown'

Dartmouth professor of government Brendan Nyhan published an op-ed in the New York Times claiming that the power of fake news and social media bots is massively overblown.

The op-ed published in the New York Times by Dartmouth professor of government Brendan Nyhan claims that the influence of “fake news” and social media bots on political events has been massively overblown.

Twitter, for instance, reported that Russian bots tweeted 2.1 million times before the election — certainly a worrisome number.

Nyhan also notes from his own study that the percentage of fake news viewed by supporters of President Trump was relatively small.

Guess and Mr. Reifler found that the mean number of articles on fake news websites visited by Trump supporters was 13.1, but only 40 percent of his supporters visited such websites, and they represented only about 6 percent of the pages they visited on sites focusing on news topics.

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