Humanosity says…The Fake News Industry is big business, really big business. Facebook’s reluctance to get involved in policing or fact-checking the veracity of ‘news’ content and political ads is probably due to the revenue it brings in.
At lower levels, fake news is providing an income for ordinary people who are employed to push out fake news and this article provides insights into what their lives are like. It features the story of Tamara, a young Macedonian, who became part of what is described as a gold rush of fake news sites operating out of Macedonia during the 2016 US election.
Tamara’s job was to churn out semi-plagiarised copies of articles originally published on US extreme right-wing publications…Tamara was rewriting fabricated or misleading articles for two major copycat websites based in North Macedonia targeting US readers.
Her job was to churn out semi-plagiarised copies of articles originally published on US extreme right-wing publications so that her boss could serve them back to unsuspecting Americans thousands of miles away.
The reporter went to Macedonia and spent 3 days with her exploring what life was like to be part of that disinformation campaign. It also explores how she went about creating stories and how she managed to produce a stream of fake news.
The interesting revelation in the article which quotes Buzzfeed as its source is that the first fake news website registered in the town came not from a shadowy Russian operative but rather from a “Macedonian media lawyer Trajche Arsov, who worked with a pair of high-profile US partners, including Paris Wade, a Republican candidate who recently ran for the Nevada State Assembly.”