A post in your social media feed might be a “direct evidence of the truth.”
But what if that post is an example of a “non-direct evidence” — such as a quote from a “person who does not actually exist”?
To find that out, we turned to Google News, which keeps track of the most interesting stories in the world of social media.
We pulled out some of the more popular stories from the past month and put them into the “evidence based research” category.
It turns out that many of these stories contain “evidence” from social media, including the ones that are featured in our “indirect” research example above.
For example, a post in the Washington Post by reporter Abby Phillip, which was widely shared on Twitter and Facebook, contained an example from a Twitter user claiming that “women are getting raped and murdered on a daily basis” — an article that has been retweeted more than a thousand times and which has been shared more than 4,000 times.
Another tweet featured a picture of a woman who had been stabbed to death by an intruder, a claim that has since been disputed by police and an independent review.
Another photo included in this story showed a man in a hoodie in a park, apparently holding a gun and shouting at a group of people.
We also pulled out an image of a young man in his mid-20s, holding a handgun and wearing sunglasses.
The image in question, tweeted by a user named “Boris,” was shared more by more than 600,000 people.
“It’s a shame we don’t have direct evidence that these events are happening,” Philip told The Washington Post.
“We do have direct and indirect evidence.”
In fact, we asked Twitter to check the claims in the Post story, and they didn’t find any evidence to support the claim.
But Phillip, who is a frequent Twitter user, did post several other tweets in which she claimed that she was a victim of sexual assault, and that she had been a victim in other cases.
“I am the victim of an attempted sexual assault in another city.
I am the daughter of a mother who was raped by a man I know, and I was a survivor of a rape by my uncle,” she tweeted on May 27.
“If you’re going to be an asshole to me on social media and in person, then you’re an asshole.”
We contacted Phillip for comment, and she told us that she “would never ever say such things to a journalist” and that “I’ve deleted them, or blocked them, from Twitter.”
But she did add that she has a “history of tweets that are false, defamatory, or offensive.”
As we pointed out in our search results, this is the exact type of behavior that has become standard for Twitter users.
In fact the top five most retweeted stories from May 27 — which included multiple claims about rape — were all stories about “rape culture” and “misogyny” that originated from a Facebook account.
We checked out more of the top stories from around the world, and discovered that they have also featured stories about the “war on women,” the “death penalty” and other “unethical” issues.
And this isn’t just happening on Twitter.
The most popular news stories on Facebook from May 21 to 27 were about “pizzagate,” a conspiracy theory that blames Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and his associates with a child sex ring.
We looked at the headlines of all of these posts, and found that some of them contained “factually incorrect information,” which means they misrepresented what has been widely reported.
For instance, a report from CNN published on May 23 claimed that a “sex trafficking ring” in the US is operating “with the assistance of government and police,” and that the US government is behind the attacks on pizzagate.
We found another story on May 26 from a user called “Alfred” that featured the claim that “pizza is being sold as a drug, and is laced with drugs, explosives, and child porn.”
The article was shared nearly 17,000 more times and shared more times than any other story on Facebook.
The user wrote that “the pizza industry is literally a drug cartel,” and was also linked to a “bunch of pedophiles and their parents” who “live in the UK, Australia, and Canada.”
In another tweet, he called the UK “a ‘drug free zone.'”
We found that a number of “factual inaccuracies” have been shared by “Aryan” users, such as the claim “pogonopoetrauma, which is a term for a woman with Down syndrome,” which is not true.
The claim that the Obama administration is responsible for “the murder of at least 400 innocent children” was also not true, because “it was never an official government policy to do so.”
Similarly, a “factical error