(NPR) — Researchers found Facebook users 65 and over posted 7 times as many articles from fake news websites, compared to adults under 29.
“How to Spot Fake News” is a course that teaches these folks how to fact check online claims — and identify disinformation.
Middle and high schools have been adding courses about how to spot fake news. Older adults also struggle to sort disinformation online, but they have fewer resources tackling the problem.
After Russia launched a massive disinformation campaign on social media during the 2016 election, many middle and high schools rushed to add digital literacy courses to their curriculums. Now, U.S. officials say Russia is again interfering in U.S. elections. But experts say older adults may struggle the most with identifying fake news, and classes designed to teach these skills to seniors aren't yet common nationwide.
A recent study suggests these classes could be increasingly important. Researchers at Princeton and New York universities found that Facebook users 65 and over posted seven times as many articles from fake news websites, compared with adults under 29.