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The Macedonians Who Mastered Fake News

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 2:48 PM

G

... fully loaded, safety off...


https://www.wired.com/2017/02/veles-macedonia-fake-news/

In the final weeks of the US presidential election, Veles (Macedonian town) attained a weird infamy in the most powerful nation on earth; stories in The Guardian and on BuzzFeed revealed that the Macedonian town of 55,000 was the registered home of at least 100 pro-Trump websites, many of them filled with sensationalist, utterly fake news. (The imminent criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton was a popular theme; another was the pope’s approval of Trump.) The sites’ ample traffic was rewarded handsomely by automated advertising engines, like Google’s AdSense. An article in The New Yorker described how President Barack Obama himself spent a day in the final week of the campaign talking “almost obsessively” about Veles and its “digital gold rush.”

And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

I found it telling that the people building these sites said that they didn't build and fake Sanders sites because Sanders supporters were too hard to fool, "For a week in July, he experimented with fake news extolling Bernie Sanders. “Bernie Sanders supporters are among the smartest people I’ve seen,” he says. “They don’t believe anything. The post must have proof for them to believe it.”

These site builders had no political agenda (unlike Russian Trolls and Russian Fake News sites) just the desire to make money, and to make money you need a gullible audience. That's why they built more fake news pro-Trump sites. Trump supporters were more gullible.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:14 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


lol

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, February 17, 2017 10:46 AM

G

... fully loaded, safety off...


I know! Macedonia is a funny name for a country isn't it? At least I know you read the title.

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Friday, February 17, 2017 11:04 AM

REAVERFAN


The illiterate Nazi alcoholic doesn't comprehend much of anything.

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Friday, February 17, 2017 11:32 AM

THGRRI

May the Good Lord take a liking to you... but not too soon!


Don't forget Trump and his aids. They have been creating fake news from the get go. I'd say they've mastered it.

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Friday, February 17, 2017 12:16 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


lol

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, February 17, 2017 3:15 PM

THGRRI

May the Good Lord take a liking to you... but not too soon!


Fox Apologizes For Thinking That Planting Fake News Is A Clever Marketing Plan


Twentieth Century Fox has issued an apology for a tone-deaf marketing scheme for a new film that hinged on fake news articles planted on websites it invented.


BuzzFeed reported that the articles began appearing late last week to promote the studio’s “A Cure for Wellness.” Many of the posts seemed intended to incite buzz on both ends of the political spectrum, including an invented story on a secret meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin at a Swiss spa, and another on Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance paying tribute to Muslims. Headlines relating to the film, such as “Psychological Thriller Screening Leaves Texas Man In Catatonic State,” were sprinkled in between.


Variety noted that there was no indicator on the websites that the stories were part of a marketing effort.


Defending its decision to BuzzFeed, production company Regency Enterprises explained in a statement that it’d partnered up with 20th Century Fox on the marketing project because the film is about a fake cure for disease that actually makes patients more sick. Fake cure, fake news. Get it?


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fox-apologizes-for-thinking-that-p
lanting-fake-news-is-a-clever-marketing-plan_us_58a7147ae4b045cd34c0e6b4


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:48 PM

1KIKI


Quote:

"I found it telling that the people building these sites said that they didn't build and fake Sanders sites because Sanders supporters were too hard to fool, "For a week in July, he experimented with fake news extolling Bernie Sanders. “Bernie Sanders supporters are among the smartest people I’ve seen,” he says. “They don’t believe anything. The post must have proof for them to believe it.”
Quote:

Originally posted by reaverfan:
The illiterate Nazi alcoholic doesn't comprehend much of anything.

Said the Hillary supporter and Nazi troll, reaver shit-hit-the fan.




How did your beloved 'democratic' party fuck up so badly?

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:48 PM

DREAMTROVE


Quote:

Originally posted by G:
I know! Macedonia is a funny name for a country isn't it? At least I know you read the title.



Especially when you find out it's pronounced "Mackedonia"
And then there's this: they use to rule the world:



Yep, right where Yugoslavia belongs, between India and China. It's like the Empiror of Austria being a Mexican who ruled Argentina and a province near Beijing. Politcs gets way crazier than what we see.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:31 AM

THGRRI

May the Good Lord take a liking to you... but not too soon!


Quote:

Originally posted by DREAMTROVE:
Originally posted by G:
I know! Macedonia is a funny name for a country isn't it? At least I know you read the title.



Especially when you find out it's pronounced "Mackedonia"
And then there's this: they use to rule the world:




I guess the world was smaller then.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:11 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


It was also flat. And the sun revolved around it. And it was only about 3,600 years old.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:35 AM

SOCKPUPPET


Someone broke the 1kiki.

Take a break doll, have a cup of general, couple slices of fanfic and a blue sun chaser. Thing standing, burning yourself out trading barbs with a real reaver gonna get ya anywhere? Perspective.

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