Here in daily distractions, we try to make false and misleading information viral. We also want to tell you how popular that misinformation is in the context of what is being discussed on social media. With the help of Newswip, a firm that compiles social media performance data, we created a list of the 10 busiest stories of the week in the United States. (Newswip tracks the number of responses, shares, and comments each URL receives on Facebook, as well as a group of influential users on Share and Twitter on Pinterest.)
If you looked at the newspaper headlines and the cryos of cable news this week, you probably saw story after story about the rise in Kovid-19 cases, new lockdown rules and the progress of a vaccine.
But on social media, stories about the coronovirus epidemic were controlled by lighter fare. The week’s busiest stories were about a rare astronomical event known as the “Christmas Star”, which is not really a star. (this is Planetary alignment In which Jupiter and Saturn line up briefly to form a glow point in the sky, and is expected to occur on December 21 for the first time in nearly 800 years.) The top 10 list also included Elliott Page, stories about the star. “Juno,” announcing that she is transgender, and Korean K-pop supergroup BTS, whose new song topped the Billboard charts.
There were some overblown stories about Kovid-19 and allegations of voter fraud, but many of the top-performing posts this week were decidedly mundane – perhaps a sign that after several months of doom, some people felt a bit relieved Are looking for