During the 2016 United States Presidential Election, more than 100 pro-Donald Trump websites – posting misleading or false news – were being run from a town of 44,000 people in Macedonia, Buzzfeed News media editor Craig Silverman discovered.
Veles has since been dubbed the “fake news capital of the world”. Its youth, who live in one of the poorest countries in Europe, found generating fake news clickbait to be easy money. Macedonian internet marketing consultant Mirko Ceselkoski, who coached many of them, claims to be the man who ‘helped Donald Trump win the US elections’,
But in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, social media companies like Facebook have been responding to the fake news industry. Professor Charlie Beckett of the Polis think-tank at the London School of Economics also weighs in.
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More about this series, The Truth About Fake News: From Europe to Southeast Asia, we look at how social fault lines (race, religion, social class, nationalism) can be further widened by disinformation and what we are doing about it.
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