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  • What draws American Boomers to fake news?
  • What draws American Boomers to fake news?
    RODNAE Productions (2020) ©
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Are algorithms radicalizing boomers?

With QAnon and conspiracy theories impacting mainstream discourse, tech companies are having to take greater control of what’s published on their platforms. Increasingly active on social media, American Boomers are caught up in the misinformation wars - but what draws them to fake news?

Location United States

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all Americans in some way, but it hasn’t impacted each person in the same way. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have made the orbit of most people’s lives smaller, keeping them away from social interactions. For the Boomer generation, this has been compounded by being likely to be both high-risk and retired, with around 10,000 Boomers retiring every day. [1] All this time at home has led to boredom and isolation, with 36% of older Americans reporting increasing feelings of loneliness as the pandemic goes on. [2] At this moment, Boomers ...

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