Aug 1, 2017

German study shows fake news appetite with far-right blog

A fake news blog created by German university researchers found an eager audience among far-right sympathisers who shared racially-charged stories. The fake news blog now has prominent warnings in red above its stories, signalling "Fake news". Fake news is a major concern in Germany as the country faces a general election on 24 September, with politicians warning that Russia might use fake news to influence the vote. The Hohenheim researchers, in Stuttgart, spent the first two weeks posting real news stories, but with a far-right editorial bias. Two weeks after one of the fake Facebook profiles was launched it had attracted 251 Facebook friends.

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