Show me the money!

Several of us have posted about fake news, but I thought I would also share this story from today’s Washington Post. It explains how lucrative it is to be in the fake news business on Facebook. Teenagers in Macedonia have been making $5,000 per month peddling hoaxes according to BuzzFeed. And even more shocking, the story says that the sharing of a fake story by the Trump campaign during the campaign could net an additional $10,000 for the hoaxer. Zuckerburg may say that he is hesitant for Facebook to become an “arbiter of truth” since it is not a media company, but it is clear that the social network has a responsibility to rein in a deceptive industry that it is financing and profiting from.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/18/this-is-how-the-internets-fake-news-writers-make-money/

 

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