Have you ever wondered how fake news is created and distributed?
Marketing consultant Larry Kim explains in the Al Jazeera English network tweet below how he did it in less than an hour.
He created a fake news outlet called Citizens News Networks to test whether Facebook had closed its loopholes.
Then he added a famous fake story about a protester who claimed that he was paid $3,500 to protest at a Donald Trump rally. The article was posted on October 5, 2017, long after fake news had become a significant political issue.
Kim created a Facebook page, which took one or two minutes.
Next, he distributed the fake news story to Republicans, members of the National Rifle Association, and donors to conservative causes, focusing on three swing states in the 2016 presidential election.
The article generated a wave of comments as it was passed around over Facebook.
"Within an hour, about 5,000 people saw it," Kim said.
To learn more, you can watch the two-part documentary, "Disinformation and Democracy", in the videos below.