I think, by now, they've realized it was more than 126 million users that were reached via Facebook. I wish I had a quarter for every time I saw something posted and tried to tell the poster that it was fake or not true, but they (and others) kept re-posting it anyway. I finally just started scrolling on by, without commenting, unless it was something totally outrageous that I could debunk quickly and easily. There were some things that I'd point out as fake and people would "Like" my comments, then turn around and Share the post anyway. I'd just sit and wonder where the heck their common sense flew off to... they know it's fake, lies, etc, but they're going to keep spreading it around anyway? Really? How stupid can we get?
I guess it's no wonder there was such an uninformed group of voters in 2016...
The sad thing is: people are still doing this so it doesn't look a lot better for 2020...
Don't get tricked by wordplay. There is a big difference in 126 Million "Viewers" and 126 Million" Readers". Texting has dumbed up the younger generations so bad, I doubt most of their Reading Comprehension could handle reading an entire article much less comprehend it and they are proud of it. Someone posted boldly that if a text is longer than 2 sentences, they skip over it. The scary part was how many agreed with them I'm afraid that movie "Idiocracy"is upon us.
Well, I certainly can't argue about that and in the article, they're using the term "users" - not even going for viewers or readers so yeah - a lot of people use the site, but don't bother to read a good share of the stuff they see there, let alone comprehend it. The sad part of was that a good share of them weren't "younger generations"... they were people I went to school with and that I thought were actually intelligent human beings. I can see it from the younger set, but not from the old farts that take pride in knowing what's what... :-)
There are actually some people who were in my class in school who continue to share the memes that depict Trump as such a great person and the Clinton's as devils/horribles - not that I'm fans of the Clinton's, but let's face it - Trump hasn't shown himself to be any better or more trustworthy than anyone else, if as much so. These articles and memes only serve to create and spread dissension in the country, which is exactly what Russia wants. I've wondered for some time what Russia might be holding over Trump and it looks like that's beginning to come out, with the allegations of the Trump Tower Moscow.
I do have the smart phone, but rarely access social media on it... I'm with you - I'm computer poor as it is and can get into enough trouble with my desktop and a couple of laptops... lol