Updated at 8:35 p.m. ET By the time a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, fueled by far-right conspiracies and lies about a stolen election, a group of researchers at New York University had been compiling Facebook engagement data for months. The NYU-based group, Cybersecurity For Democracy, was studying online misinformation — wanting to know how different types of news sources engaged with their audiences on Facebook. After the events of Jan. 6, researcher Laura Edelson expected to see a spike in Facebook users engaging with the day's news, similar to Election Day. But Edelson, who helped lead the research, said her team noticed a troubling phenomenon. "The thing was, most of that spike was concentrated among the partisan extremes...
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Far-Right Misinformation Is Thriving On Facebook. A New Study Shows Just How Much