A new study from Stanford and New York University shows fake news did not change the results of the 2016 presidential election, while far more false stories favored eventual President Donald Trump than his challenger, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"Our data suggest that social media were not the most important source of election news and even the most widely circulated news stories were seen by only a small fraction of Americans," lead researchers Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow wrote in the study, reports The Hill.
At any rate, only about eight percent of voters read the fake news stories, and even those who did could not recall what they'd read or believed what they'd seen.
The study concluded that fake stories would have had to have the persuasive power of 36 television advertisements to have marked a serious effect on the election.
However, Politifact, named fake news the "lie of the year," replacing its usual human winner with the overall category.
"Fake news is the boldest sign of a post-truth society," Politifact reported, while making the announcement. "When we can't agree on basic facts — or even that there are such things as facts — how do we talk to each other?"
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