How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News

BuzzFeed News identified more than 100 pro-Trump websites being run from a single town in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/how-macedonia-became-a-global-hub-for-pro-trump-misinfo

Fake News Is an Old Problem - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

In a presidential campaign that seemed to break rules of political decorum daily, one of the more alarming developments was the rise…

Source: http://nautil.us/blog/fake-news-is-an-old-problem

Less than you think: Prevalence and predictors of fake news dissemination on Facebook | Science Advances

So-called “fake news” has renewed concerns about the prevalence and effects of misinformation in political campaigns. Given the potential for widespread dissemination of this material, we examine the individual-level characteristics associated with sharing false articles during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. To do so, we uniquely link an original survey with respondents’ sharing activity as recorded in Facebook profile data. First and foremost, we find that sharing this content was a relatively rare activity. Conservatives were more likely to share articles from fake news domains, which in 2016 were largely pro-Trump in orientation, than liberals or moderates. We also find a strong age effect, which persists after controlling for partisanship and ideology: On average, users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as the youngest age group.

Source: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/1/eaau4586.full

A new study suggests fake news might have helped Donald Trump win the election

The research finds demographics alone didn't explain 2012 Obama voters who didn't vote for Hillary Clinton. Fake news did, too.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/04/03/a-new-study-suggests-fake-news-might-have-won-donald-trump-the-2016-election/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a7f7760eb221

Mark Zuckerberg lays out Facebook’s 3-pronged approach to fake news - Vox

Zuckerberg claims user-driven algorithms will help mediate trusted news sources.

Source: https://www.vox.com/technology/2018/4/3/17188332/zuckerberg-kinds-of-fake-news-facebook-making-progress

Mark Zuckerberg lays out Facebook’s 3-pronged approach to fake news - Vox

Zuckerberg claims user-driven algorithms will help mediate trusted news sources.

Source: https://www.vox.com/technology/2018/4/3/17188332/zuckerberg-kinds-of-fake-news-facebook-making-progress

Facebook Shut Down More Than 100 Accounts Possibly Linked To Midterm Interference | HuffPost Mexico

U.S. law enforcement tipped the social media giant off to accounts that may have been trying to influence the election outcome.

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.mx/entry/facebook-shut-down-accounts-midterms_us_5be16404e4b01ffb1d05d26e

Fraudsters are using technology to scam senior citizens out of millions

Mail and telemarketing scams remain the biggest rip-offs for older Americans, but online activity and cell phones leave seniors — and everyone else — more vulnerable.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2018/03/17/more-fraudsters-scamming-senior-citizens-through-technology-and-its-costing-them-millions/428406002/

Fake news on Facebook is more likely to be spread by people over 65 - Vox

Blame the baby boomers for sharing fake news, according to a new study.

Source: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/10/18175913/facebook-fake-news-2016-election-republicans-trump

Fake news: What exactly is it – and how can you spot it?

"Fake news" was not a term many people used four years ago, but it is now seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy, free debate and the Western order.

Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/fake-news-exactly-has-really-had-influence/