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Fakenews on 2016 US elections viral tweets (November 2016 - March 2017)

Amador Diaz Lopez, Julio; Oehmichen, Axel; Molina-Solana, Miguel

Data curator(s)
Longa, Marian; Martínez, Victor; Fernandez-Basso, Carlos; Hua, Kevin; Oblette, Cecile; Donaldson, Artur; Tournier, Arnaud; Oehmichen, Axel; Molina-Solana, Miguel; Amador Diaz Lopez, Julio

Collection of tweets related to the 2016 US election that went viral between election day (Nov 8th) and March 2017. Viral tweets are those that achieved the 1000-retweet threshold during the collection period. We queried Twitter's streaming API using the hashtags #MyVote2016, #ElectionDay, #electionnight, and the user handles @realDonaldTrump and @HillaryClinton.

Tweets have been labelled as containing fake news or not by two sets of people. A fake news is one the following:

  • Serious fabrication
  • Large-scale hoaxes
  • Jokes taken at face value
  • Slanted reporting of real facts
  • Stories where the 'truth' is contentious
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Views 975834
Downloads 769620
Data volume 1.2 GB992.3 MB
Unique views 812726
Unique downloads 444314


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