Last week Buzzfeed reported on an entire cottage industry of web users in Macedonia generating fake news stories related to Trump vs Clinton in order to inject them into Facebook’s Newsfeed as a way to drive viral views and generate ad revenue from lucrative US eyeballs.
This enterprise has apparently been wildly successful for the teens involved, with some apparently managing to pull in up to $3,000 and $5,000 per month thanks to the power of Facebook’s amplification algorithm.
Facebook has become a valid threat to societal decency and function due to its use as a frictionless platform for the rapid spread of propaganda designed to inflame the emotions. Duh. A point this blog has been making for a very long time.