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5 Ways For Seniors To Protect Themselves From Online Misinformation

June 24, 2021

From the National Public Radio website

Online misinformation is a serious threat, from fake cures for COVID-19 to false information on voting eligibility. 

Seniors are especially at risk. People over 65 were more likely to share false or misleading content on Facebook during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to one study from researchers at Princeton and New York University. Older adults were also exposed to more misinformation on Twitter during that election.

Seniors should learn about avoiding misinformation — to protect themselves, and because they are civically active. Over half of poll workers were ages 61 and older in the 2018 U.S. general election, according to Pew Research Center. And older voters in the U.S. are also consistently more likely to vote than younger groups.

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