Madrid, 29 years old. (Portaltic / EP) –
The Misleading content Sources pretending to be media have grown on social platforms Twitter y Facebook Last year in the US, despite measures the two companies implemented to prevent their spread.
Investigation collection by the German Marshall Fund The growth of misleading news on the most popular platforms. On Twitter, its popularity was due to accounts that the platform has proven to be genuine, but who have shared content from sites that frequently posted false or misleading information.
The content of these sites It peaked in the last quarter of the year, reaching 47 million Tweets. Mutual. The company acknowledges the existence of the phenomenon as shown BloombergIt is for this reason that, before the US presidential election, they took measures to limit participation in posts that violate the rules of the social network.
In the case of Facebook, a German Marshall Fund study found that interactions with phishing sites last year were More than double that in the run-up to the 2016 elections. This included 1.2 billion interactions with phishing sites in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The study concluded that although the companies’ actions were beneficial, they did not stop the general trend.