Fake news election stories in the U.S. 2016

The statistic presents the most popular fake election stories in the United States in 2016 based on Facebook engagement. The fake news story stating that President Obama had signed a nationwide order banning The Pledge of Allegiance in schools in the United States was shared, reacted to, and commented upon a total of 2.2 million times on Facebook in the three months leading up to the election.

Most popular fake election stories in the United States in 2016, by Facebook engagement*

Number of Facebook engagements in thousands
Obama signs a nationwide order banning The Pledge of Allegiance in Schools2,200
Obama cut $2.6 billion from programs for veterans to support Syrian refugees in the US1,700
Pope Francis endorses Trump for President961.3
Ireland is officially accepting Trump refugees from America817.9
Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS and it was confirmed by WikiLeaks789.5
Hillary Clinton suggested Trump should run for President507.2
Trump won the popular vote481.1
Mike Pence said Michelle Obama is the most vulgar First Lady ever352.6
Donald Trump mistook famous drag queen RuPaul for a woman and groped him at a party in 1995301
The Clinton Foundation paid Khizr Khan's law firm $375,000268.6
Sarah Palin banned Muslims from "entering" her daughter90.3
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Sources

Release date

November 2016

Region

United States

Survey time period

In the three months before the election

Supplementary notes

* total number of shares, reactions, and comments

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