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Obama: Fake News on Facebook Pages Creating 'Dust Cloud of Nonsense'

Obama: Fake News on Facebook Pages Creating 'Dust Cloud of Nonsense'

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By    |   Monday, 07 November 2016 07:36 PM

President Barack Obama on Monday criticized how fake news is spreading wildly on social media sites, specifically Facebook.

"And people, if they just repeat attacks enough, and outright lies over and over again, as long as it's on Facebook and people can see it, as long as it’s on social media, people start believing it," said Obama on Monday during a rally for Hillary Clinton at the University of Michigan. "And it creates this dust cloud of nonsense."

Obama's comments come nearly two weeks after a BuzzFeed analysis found that three big right-wing Facebook pages "published false or misleading information 38% of the time during the period analyzed, and three large left-wing pages did so in nearly 20% of posts."

The news is concerning considering the amount of views, comments and shares the information gets on Facebook. For example, one Facebook page – Occupy Democrats – has 4,331,640 likes. Another – Freedom Daily – has 1,434,910 likes.

According to BuzzFeed, a review of more than 1,000 posts from six Facebook pages found that the least accurate pages generated some of the highest numbers of shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.

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