Here's a fake news merchant telling me how it actually works.
It's so important to de-mystify this kind of thing. Instead of seeing them as all-powerful threats to democracy, a lot of people doing it are actually just using spammy online marketing techniques. pic.twitter.com/dF8aWMd7OL
— Carl Miller (@carljackmiller) November 7, 2019
This is a clip from a report by the BBC that creating, boosting, and then selling fake content has become a real job in other countries. This particular report has an interview with a man from Kosovo, and (thanks to the last election) the work in Russia is now well understood, but I remain convinced there’s an entire industry for it in China. The US is the fake-news chew toy for the rest of the world, and Facebook is ground zero. The election next year is going to be a mess.