German study shows fake news appetite with far-right blog

German study shows fake news appetite with far-right blog
 

A fake news blog created by German university researchers found an eager audience among far-right sympathisers who shared racially-charged stories.
The experiment by Hohenheim University researchers set up four fake profiles on Facebook.
One false story claimed that asylum seekers were having free sex with prostitutes funded by a local council.
That story reached 11,000 people within four days and was shared more than 150 times, German SWR radio reported.
Many readers reacted indignantly to the "news" about free prostitutes for asylum seekers. Few Facebook users spotted that the... read more

 
1 August 2017 in World News, Views: 41
Source: BBC
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