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In the graph from the questionnaire results it is clear that Facebook is the main platform on which fake news is spread. Out of the participants 80% (24 people out of 29) have been exposed to fake news on Facebook. Websites are the second highest fake news spreading platform. Instagram and Twitter have fewer cases of fake news, yet this shows that false news is spread on multiple platforms. Only one participant that has not been exposed to fake news – this shows the extent to which fake news has spread. Fake news is a growing problem that affects many people mainly by means of Facebook.

The graph shows that all of the participants perceive the younger generation to be the most likely to believe fake news. The young age group of participants see 22 as the age most susceptible to fake news and thus see themselves as the most vulnerable. The middle age participants chose 13 years of age as the most influenced (this too falls into the young age category). It is the youngest guess out of all the participating age groups. The senior age chose 32 which falls into the middle age group, but with only two years, and is thus still on the younger side of the age groups. It is interesting to note participants do not see seniors as possible targets for fake news.

graph depicticting the different types of social media platforms that people have been exsposed to graph depicting which ages are perceived as the most succeptible to fake news