1. Subscribermoonbus
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    10 Nov '18 13:22
    For some insight, read the linked article.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46136513

    The gist is that social media platforms are being exploited as a feeding ground for a service sector economy based on disinformation. Why does fake news propagate? Because it brings advertizing revenue ("clickbait" ), and, in the chase for clicks online, the horrifying, shocking, exaggerated, or divisive wins out again and again. And because unwary people fall prey to this again and again. A few frequent posters to the GF and Debates forum come to mind...
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    10 Nov '18 14:37
    @moonbus said
    For some insight, read the linked article.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46136513

    The gist is that social media platforms are being exploited as a feeding ground for a service sector economy based on disinformation. Why does fake news propagate? Because it brings advertizing revenue ("clickbait" ), and, in the chase for clicks online, the horrifying, shocking, exa ...[text shortened]... all prey to this again and again. A few frequent posters to the GF and Debates forum come to mind...
    It does bring to mind about the supposed high intelligence of the human race doesn't it.
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    @sonhouse said
    It does bring to mind about the supposed high intelligence of the human race doesn't it.
    Wherever there's money to be made, someone will try it, by fair or foul means. The peculiar thing about this particular scam is that the people who take the bait are not the ones losing the money, so they don't get any wiser and keep on taking the bait.
  4. Standard memberKellyJay
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    17 Nov '18 18:42
    @moonbus said
    For some insight, read the linked article.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46136513

    The gist is that social media platforms are being exploited as a feeding ground for a service sector economy based on disinformation. Why does fake news propagate? Because it brings advertizing revenue ("clickbait" ), and, in the chase for clicks online, the horrifying, shocking, exa ...[text shortened]... all prey to this again and again. A few frequent posters to the GF and Debates forum come to mind...
    If the news didn’t come with built in spin it more than likely would be acceptable to most. When it comes with right or left spin it is opinions about current events people reject. Some spin completely turns events into things that have nothing to do with what really occurred.
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    19 Nov '18 21:53
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    A round-up of some fake news from the past week:

    https://apnews.com/625824df9fd444d688d2945ef102bbaa
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    10 Dec '18 21:48
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    In case anyone is still listening: Christopher Blair, the godfather of fake news:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/the_godfather_of_fake_news

    In his own words: His aim is to trick conservative Americans into sharing false news, in the hope of showing what he calls their “stupidity”.
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    10 Dec '18 23:391 edit
    @moonbus said
    @whomever

    In case anyone is still listening: Christopher Blair, the godfather of fake news:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/the_godfather_of_fake_news

    In his own words: His aim is to trick conservative Americans into sharing false news, in the hope of showing what he calls their “stupidity”.
    Perhaps Sacha Baron Cohen is sincerely flattered? 😊
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