(MIT) A little investment in fake news goes a very long way


Discredit a journalist for $55,000

(MITtechnologyreview) By this point, it’s clear that the spread of misinformation on social networks is a real problem. Part of the issue, at least according to a report by security firm Trend Micro, is that setting up spoof websites, commissioning fake stories, and buying likes is so damn affordable.

Analysis of fake news services shows that it’s possible to discredit a journalist for $55,000, instigate a street protest for $200,000, and “manipulate a decisive course of action”—like an election—for just $400,000. Download report


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