Google and Facebook are being used by Trump supporters to promote fake numbers about the final results of the 2016 presidential election. These fake results show Donald Trump winning the popular vote, when he actually lost.
One of the top search results on Google for “final election results” shows a fake news website claiming that Trump won the popular vote.
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) November 13, 2016
Similar fake results have been popping up on social media, including Facebook and on Twitter.
In reality, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. She has an official lead of over 700,000 votes, and is projected to have a margin of about 1.8 million more votes than Trump when all votes are finally counted.
While Trump won enough states to win the electoral college and the election, Clinton’s popularity in highly populated states like California, New York, and even Texas will comfortably give her the edge in the popular vote.
Trump will be the second election winner in fifteen years to fail to receive a plurality of the votes. The other was former President George W. Bush after the 2000 election.
By comparison, the most recent Democratic presidential winners – Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, received a plurality of the votes and won the popular vote and the electoral college.
It is unclear if the fake final election results are a deliberate right-wing disinformation campaign or simply the product of poorly educated Donald Trump fans who do not understand how the election system works.