November 18, 2016
Many people feel that “fake news” influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. “Fake news” refers to articles that are created with no basis in fact, and then shared widely on social media by people who (it is assumed) think the articles describe real situations or events.
The Washington Post interviewed a man, Paul Horner, who is has been responsible for many viral “fake news” items over the last few years. From the article:
“But in recent months, Horner has found the fake-news ecosystem growing more crowded, more political and vastly more influential: In March, Donald Trump’s son Eric and his then-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, even tweeted links to one of Horner’s faux-articles. His stories have also appeared as news on Google.”
It’s an eye opening read.
Read “Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’” on The Washington Post.
posted by Marg Herder