The extraordinary phenomenon of fake news spread by Facebook and other social media during the 2016 presidential election has been largely portrayed as a lucky break for Donald Trump.
By that reckoning, entrepreneurial Macedonian teenagers, opportunists in Tblisi and California millennials have exploited social media algorithms in order to make money — only incidentally leading to the viral proliferation of mostly anti-Clinton and anti-Obama hoaxes and conspiracy theories that thrilled many Trump supporters. The Washington Post published a shoddy report on Thursday alleging that Russian state-sponsored propagandists were seeking to promote Trump through fabricated stories, independent of the candidate himself.
But a closer look reveals that some of the biggest fake news providers were run by experienced political operators well within the orbit of Donald Trump’s political advisers and consultants.
- Washington Post Promotes List of ‘Russian Propaganda Sites’
- Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See
- ‘Journalistic garbage’: Greenwald and others slam WaPo for ‘insane’ Russian propaganda story
- Inside a Fake News Sausage Factory: ‘This Is All About Income’
- Does Facebook Generate Over Half Its Ad Revenue From Fake News?
- Facebook’s Fake News Crackdown: It’s Complicated
- Facebook doesn’t need to ban fake news to fight it
- The Cure for Fake News Is Worse Than the Disease
- Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake, Stanford Study Finds
- Analysis Shows How Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook
- College Students Find A Way To Fix Fake News
- The Fake News Food Chain