New York, Jan. 10 -- Older adults are more likely to share links to "fake news" sites on Facebook and other platforms than younger people, a US study has found.

The study, published in the journal Science Advances, showed that only a small percentage of Americans -- less than nine per cent -- shared "fake news" links on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

However, the researchers from New York University (NYU) and Princeton University in the US showed that the behaviour was disproportionately common among people over the age of 65.

"Despite widespread interest in the fake news phenomenon, we know very little about who actually shares fake news," said Joshua Tucker, a professor at NYU.

"Perhaps most significantly, ...