The 10 most-viewed fake-news stories on Facebook in 2019 were just revealed in a new report (FB)

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  • Facebook is the largest social media service on the planet, with over 2 billion users — over a quarter of the world's population.
  • As such, policing Facebook is a tremendous challenge. One of the service's biggest policing issues is with fake news stories, which was a particularly big problem in the US during the 2016 presidential election cycle.
  • Despite Facebook's efforts to stop the spread of fake news, the massive social media service is still rife with it: In 2019, the top 100 fake news stories on Facebook were viewed over 150 million times — "enough to reach every registered voter at least once," according to Avaaz, the non-profit that did the study.
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In 2019, many Facebook users saw news posts that claimed President Donald Trump's grandfather was, "a pimp and tax evader," and that his father was a member of the KKK — none of which is true.

Facebook's 2 billion-plus users also had access to a post claiming that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed a ban on motorcycles (she didn't), and that House speaker Nancy Pelosi was diverting Social Security funding for the Trump impeachment inquiry (she wasn't). 

These are just a few of the most-shared political fake news stories of 2019, according to a new study from the non-profit Avaaz. The top 100 fake news stories on Facebook in 2019 were viewed over 150 million times — "enough to reach every registered voter at least once," according to the report. 

Here are the top 10 fake-news stories of 2019:

10. "Joe Biden Calls Trump Supporters 'Dregs of Society'"

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9. "NYC coroner who declared the death of Jeffrey Epstein a suicide made half a million dollars a year working for the Clinton Foundation until 2015"

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8. "Tim Allen quote Trump’s wall costs less than the Obamacare website"

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7. "Democrats Vote To Enhance Med Care for Illegals Now, Vote Down Vets Waiting 10 Years for Same Service"

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6. "‘BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi’s Son Was Exec At Gas Company That Did Business In Ukraine"

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5. "Ilhan Omar Holding Secret Fundraisers With Islamic Groups Tied to Terror"

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4. "Trump Is Now Trying To Get Mike Pence Impeached"

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3. "AOC proposed a motorcycle ban"

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2. "Nancy Pelosi diverting Social Security money for the impeachment inquiry"

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1. "Trump’s grandfather was a pimp and tax evader; his father a member of the KKK"

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