The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
Disclaimer - I'm British and am an outside observer, I have no dog in the US election fight and would not - if I had the choice - vote for either
Trump or Clinton
Interesting article here that raises an interesting question - how much of what people are reading is true?
“This is the news of the millennium!” said the story on WorldPoliticus.com. Citing unnamed FBI sources, it claimed Hillary Clinton will be
indicted in 2017 for crimes related to her email scandal.
“Your Prayers Have Been Answered,” declared the headline.
For Trump supporters, that certainly seemed to be the case. They helped the baseless story generate over 140,000 shares, reactions, and comments on
Meanwhile, roughly 6,000 miles away in a small town in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a young man watched as money began trickling into
his Google AdSense account.
One of the most prevalent things about this election cycle has been the complete and utter ...detritus... that has been put out about both candidates,
be it positive or negative.
And while some people can read through the BS, certain sycophants an those with lesser abilities to filter (and - it has to be said, more ignorance
and less intelligence) simply lap up this kind of thing as gospel because its on the internet on a site that they think looks reputable.
Over the past year, the Macedonian town of Veles (population 45,000) has experienced a digital gold rush as locals launched at least 140 US politics
websites. These sites have American-sounding domain names such as WorldPoliticus.com, TrumpVision365.com, USConservativeToday.com, DonaldTrumpNews.co,
and USADailyPolitics.com. They almost all publish aggressively pro-Trump content aimed at conservatives and Trump supporters in the US.
The young Macedonians who run these sites say they don’t care about Donald Trump. They are responding to straightforward economic incentives: As
Facebook regularly reveals in earnings reports, a US Facebook user is worth about four times a user outside the US.
While the article covers Trump, the same can definitely be said of Clinton, and again there are a number of sites out there that re pandering to the
masses, making things up and just posting to get your attention, so that they can make money off advertising.
This truly has turned into a Clickbait Election, and the propaganda techniques being used are honed in business strategies and social media campaigns
that are extremely sophisticated.
Take, for example a poll. Post one that shows Trump is miles ahead and his supporters will flock to it, quote it and try and use it in their day to
day partisan efforts against the other party.
Post one that shows Clinton is miles ahead and her people will do the same.
And while paid impressions and click rates are poor in the USA, outside they are reasonable, and with a captive audience that rabidly wants to pander
to being "on message" election propaganda is as addictive as crack coc aine - its a guaranteed income stream.
“Yes, the info in the blogs is bad, false, and misleading but the rationale is that ‘if it gets the people to click on it and engage, then use
it,’” said a university student in Veles who started a US politics site, and who agreed to speak on the condition that BuzzFeed News not use his
So, how much of what you think you know is real and how much is made up?
And how much "mainstream" is reliable? It may come as news (pun intended) to some people from either side of the political divide but CNN and
Brietbart certainly aren't going to give you balanced views or - more importantly policy information that can help you make an informed choice to
avoid voting one way "because I/myfamily/my town/this state has always done it like that"
Two days before the election, maybe its time for a reality check and some careful thought. If all you read is junk, all you are going to know is
And right now, there is an awful lot of junk out there....
Full article can be found here;
How Teens In The
Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News
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