Feb 18, 2020

North Carolina Facebook page labelled fake news

A Facebook page that seemed to be sharing local news in North Carolina is a textbook example of a disinformation campaign, BBC News has been told. Administrators of the site claimed to be students at the North Carolina State University, working on a news project. The administrators told the McClatchy News agency they were conducting a social-media project to see how fast news could be spread. "Truth was not the goal," they said. Another reporter posted on Facebook she had been told the administrators were based in Florida and the page provided "Twisted news and satire". Facebook told BBC News it was "Actively looking into" the page.

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