Dangerous, false, and misleading Facebook and Twitter posts led to the January 6, 2021 Capital riot. The Digital New Deal Project monitors deceptive social media posts. This article contains the study's findings, along with charts, demonstrating the impact of social media sites masquerading as journalism.
"Individuals who encounter false information on social media may actively spread it further, by sharing or otherwise engaging with it. Much of the spread of disinformation can thus be attributed to human action." According to the study, "The people reporting the greatest likelihood of sharing disinformation were those who thought it likely to be true, or who had pre-existing attitudes consistent with it. " This fascinating study should be read by both social media and non-social media users as it explains the thinking of social media users and the impact of inaccurate social media posts on society.