29 Nov '16, 3pm

Revealed: Most Popular Climate Story on Social Media Told Half a Million People the Science Was a Hoax

Revealed: Most Popular Climate Story on Social Media Told Half a Million People the Science Was a Hoax

The most popular climate change story across social media in the past six months used a debunked survey from the late 1990s to claim that “tens of thousands of scientists” had declared global warming a “hoax”, a DeSmog analysis has found. Published on YourNewsWire, the story was shared, clicked or “liked” 557,000 times on social media, with 555,000 of those engagements from Facebook. The story's author worked for many years with UK conspiracy theorist David Icke. DeSmog used the social media analytics tool BuzzSumo to find the most popular climate stories globally over the last six months, using the search term “climate change”. The YourNewsWire story appears on a site mixed with stories about aliens, conspiracy theories, and anti-Clinton rhetoric together with some serious news. The story was shared on Facebook three times as much as the second most popular article, publi...

Full article: https://www.desmogblog.com/2016/11/29/revealed-most-popul...

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