Why it matters: Quality filters from Big Tech platforms didn’t stop inflammatory headlines from gaining lots of traction, especially from fringe-right sources.

By the numbers: In 2020, nearly one-fifth (17%) of engagement among the top 100 news sources on social media came from sources that NewsGuard deems generally unreliable, compared to about 8% in 2019.

NewsGuard found that its top rated “unreliable” site, The Daily Wire, saw 2.5 times as many interactions in 2020 as 2019.

Bongino.com increased engagement by more than 1700% this year.