We Now Know Which News Outlet Dominates Engagement in Our Facebook Feeds, and the Most Common Type of Engagement They Inspire Won't Surprise You

Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Mark Ralston Getty Images

Few people have neutral feelings about Fox News. The conservative network, often accused of peddling fear and misinformation to its viewers, either outrages critics with its misleading, sometimes blatantly false, coverage or outrages dedicated viewers with stories of the Left's alleged insidious objectives.

Either way, the result is anger, and now there are numbers reflecting that.


A NewsWhip study found that Fox News posts dominate Facebook engagement - and the angry face emoji is the primary response.

NewsWhip published the results of a study of Facebook news feed content and Fox News posts got the most shares, comments, and reactions - almost 20,000,000 more than the closest competitor, NBC news.

Top Web Publishers by Facebook Engagement, Screenshot, NewsWhip

That gap is even more pronounced when they looked at angry reactions alone: Fox News posts got 6,793,779 angry reactions. Breitbart came in second, lagging behind with 4,104,224 angry reactions.

Pages with the most Angries, Screenshot, NewsWhip

Mark Zuckerberg announced last year that Facebook would be updating their algorithm to help people connect with each other. "You'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post in early 2018. "And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard -- it should encourage meaningful interactions between people."

Zuckerberg's algorithm overhaul seems to have been a bust - unless you count angry reactions to Fox News articles as "meaningful interactions."

"Politics was the main driver of Angry reactions in terms of pure numbers," according the NewsWhip report, "with Fox News driving the most angry reactions of anyone, with nearly double that of anyone else."

Less anger and more cat videos, please.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

After three years in office, President Donald Trump's average approval rating has never risen above 50 percent.

While he enjoys a high approval rating among the Republican party, a new hashtag trending on Twitter is highlighting those who were so repulsed by him that they left the party all together.

The hashtag #ILeftTheGOP, apparently started by former Conservative writer Cheri Jacobus, shot to one of the top trends on Twitter.

Keep reading...
STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images // Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Just one day after President Donald Trump's lawyers insisted during his Senate impeachment trial that the President did nothing wrong, reporting from the New York Times made the job of defending Trump even more difficult.

The Times reported on the upcoming memoir from Trump's former National Security Advisor John Bolton, which asserts that President Trump sought to withhold $391 million in congressionally approved aid from Ukraine until its President announced an investigation into his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

If true, Bolton's assertion would confirm previous second-hand testimony regarding the existence of a quid pro quo in Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

Keep reading...
Win McNamee/Getty Images // CBS Television Distribution

In December, President Donald Trump established the United States Space Force, a sixth branch of the United States Army.

The goal of the force is to protect United States assets in outer space from foreign rivals and is slated to cost around $2 billion in the next five years.

Today, Trump unveiled the official logo for the Space Force, but people think it bears a striking resemblance to another iconic symbol.

Keep reading...
Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images // JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

People were stunned this past July when President Donald Trump tweeted that four Congresswomen of color—Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)—should "go back" to where they came from.

He also falsely claimed they "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe..."

Three of the Congresswomen were born in the United States. Omar was a refugee from Somalia. All are Americans.

At a campaign rally days later in North Carolina, President Donald Trump mentioned Congresswoman Omar—and got a strong reaction from the crowd.

While bigotry is common at a Trump rally, it became even more blatant when Trump's supporters began chanting "Send her back," echoing the calls from Trump's tweet for them to "go back" to where they came from.

Keep reading...
Fox News

As Democratic House impeachment managers make their case against President Donald Trump, one of his favorite news networks is going to lengths to keep the bevy of evidence against him from reaching their viewers' ears.

At first, Fox News tried scrolling Trump's so-called accomplishments alongside live video of the historic proceedings. Now, the network's latest attempt to distract from the Democrats' arguments is raising eyebrows even higher.

Keep reading...
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images // Alex Wong/Getty Images

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was one of the first witnesses in the House of Representatives' initial impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Vindman testified before the House's select committee on impeachment late last year after hearing Trump's infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Keep reading...