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Inside a fake news sausage factory: 'This is all about income'

The pressing question is who produces fake stories, and how does this overheated, often fabricated news ecosystem work?

Andrew Higgins Mike Mcintire & Gabriel Jx Dance 

Jobless and with graduation looming, a computer science student at the premier university in the nation of Georgia decided early this year that money could be made from America’s voracious appetite for passionately partisan political news.

He set up a website, posted gushing stories about Hillary Clinton and waited for ad sales to soar. “I don’t know why, but it did not work,” said the student, Beqa Latsabidze, 22, who was savvy enough to change course when he realised what did drive traffic laudatory stories about Donald J Trump that mixed real — and ...

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First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 00:22 IST
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