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Tom Holland among UK celebrities and musicians with the most ‘fake news’ posts on social media in 2022

Tom Brady isn’t moving to the Miami Dolphins. Taylor Swift didn’t announce that she’s pregnant. Tom Holland is very much alive. Unless you’re reading fake news, that is. 

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Tom Holland has been revealed as the UK celebrity most associated with fake news on social media since the beginning of 2022, according to new research commissioned by privacy and security company ExpressVPN.  

The young actor made headlines earlier in the year following the huge success of Spiderman: No Way Home – a film that was shrouded in secrets regarding surprise actors and cameos in the lead up to the film.

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He’s currently found himself the centre of rumours surrounding him potentially proposing to co-star and girlfriend, Zendaya.

In the last 10 months, 8.1 million posts have linked his name to fake news on social media.  

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Harry Styles is second on the UK Fake News list
(Image: Leticia Moraes / Wikimedia / Creative Commons 2.0)

Second on the UK fake news list is pop star Harry Styles.

The singer has been in the news this year due to his relationship with actress Olivia Wilde and is frequently at the centre of rumours surrounding a potential reunion of One Direction.  

The research looked at how often celebrity names were posted (on social media, forums, and comments) alongside the phrase ‘fake news’ between January and October 2022, ranking the celebrities based on the reach of those posts.

The top celebrities from the UK are:   

Celebrity  Reach of associated ‘fake news’ posts
on social media over 10 months  
Tom Holland 8,100,678 
Harry Styles 240,572 
Elton John 32,070 
Idris Elba 862 
Gordon Ramsay 839 

Tips on staying smart about fake news online 

Love them or loathe them, following the lives of celebrities has become a daily ritual for millions with social media making it easier than ever to stay up-to-date. But as we have all learned, not everything that you read online is true.

Fake news has proliferated in recent years, whether concerning current events or celebrity gossip. And of course, in some cases, it might very well be the celebrity sharing fake news—or just being accused of doing so. 

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When browsing online, it’s important to be skeptical of the news you read. ExpressVPN has shared three tips about getting information online: 

  1. Don’t get your information exclusively from social media – When staying up-to-date with the daily news, don’t solely rely on social media. Social media is a hotbed of fake news, with some profiles set up just to share inaccurate information. It’s always worth checking the news you read using different sources. Looking at how different established news sites cover the same story will give you a more well-rounded perspective on the legitimacy of that information.  
  1. Look for red flags in a post – Is the article current? For an older article, even if it was once accurate, the facts might have changed since its publication. Did the data or interviews come from biased sources? Is the writer a reputable specialist on a topic, and do they have an agenda? Check them out with a quick Google search.  
  1. Always check before you share – Before you spread the news on your personal social profiles, always pause and consider its accuracy.  

(Lead image: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

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