Older people are more likely to share fake news from fake domains, but Nagler suggested that it could be due to lower levels of digital literacy in that age group.
Republicans and conservatives were also more likely to share fake news, but the study suggests that this was due to the fact that the majority of fake news in 2016 was promoting then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The survey was conducted in the months before and after the 2016 presidential election. About 1,300 people shared their Facebook timelines with researchers from New York University's Social Media and Political Participation Lab and Princeton University. The respondents also provided their age, ideology and political party.
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seniors shared more than twice as many fake stories as people between 45 and 64 and more than three times that of people in the 30- to 44-year-old range, said lead study author Andrew Guess, a politics professor at Princeton. (File photo via Pixabay.com)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.