There is a ton of money to be made in the fake news department

By: filipe ferreira

Paul Horner, the 38-year-old impresario of a Facebook fake-news empire, has made his living off viral news hoaxes for several years. He has twice convinced the Internet that he’s British graffiti artist Banksy; he also published the very viral, very fake news of a Yelp vs. “South Park” lawsuit last year.

But in recent months, Horner has found the fake-news ecosystem growing more crowded, more political and vastly more influential: In March, Donald Trump’s son Eric and his then-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, even tweeted links to one of Horner’s faux-articles. His stories have also appeared as news on Google.

Source: Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ – The Washington Post

Very scary stuff, especially with the money being made to just “make things up”!

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