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The term "troll factory" was established after the US general election in 2016 when it was uncovered that people in Russia were hired for the sole purpose of distributing fabricated news to persuade the masses.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/world/europe/russia-troll-factory.html

Usually to do with immigration, LGBTQ rights, feminism or nationalism. Preferably stories that contain ambiguous details or uncertainty.https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/18/sexist-racist-online-sabotage-wont-win-posing-online-feminists-leftistsSexists and racists are resorting to online sabotage. But they still won't win | Lola Okolosie and Laurie PennyThis week, sexist and racist trolls have borrowed the tactics of the CIA and Scotland Yard and sent in agents provocateurs to spread disharmony among...the Guardian

Have you ever wondered what made a particular post appear in your feed when you're scrolling? This interactive map tracks how posts are fabricated and shared through an elaborate system of deception - trying to persuade people like you through emotional language and controversial topics.Click along on each button to learn more about how it's not just about fake news, but fake accounts too.

A specifically tailored social media account to share fake news through. These are usually a generic profile picture, recently started, with a below average number of friends (between 1-50) or an abnomal amount (700-1000) and just one or two posts.https://www.sciencenews.org/article/twitter-bots-fake-news-2016-electionHow Twitter bots get people to spread fake news | Science NewsAutomated bot accounts on Twitter help spread misinformation by strategically encouraging people to make it go...Science News

The story then shows up on your feed during your evening scroll.(Picture credit: Thomas Trutschel/Getty)https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/19/fake-news-social-media-twitter-mit-journalismWhy fake news on social media travels faster than the truth | Paul ChadwickFalse news is more novel than true news, and that may be why we share the false much faster and more widely. Prominent responses to false news...the Guardian

Fake news are carried by the people who share them. Be critical of your feed.https://www.newscientist.com/article/2224326-people-share-fake-news-online-even-when-they-can-tell-its-not-true/People share fake news online even when they can tell it's not trueThe spread of fake news on social media has been a problem for years. But there may be a simple solution to stop people sharing inaccurate...New Scientist

Enhancing controversial aspects, presenting assumptions as facts, often using emotive language and hyperboles.https://theconversation.com/fake-news-grabs-our-attention-produces-false-memories-and-appeals-to-our-emotions-124842Fake news grabs our attention, produces false memories and appeals to our emotions"Fake news" is a relatively new term, yet it's now seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy and free debate. In the Netflix documentary The...The Conversation

The story is then published on social media, usually in forums and groups aligned with the motive of the story, where it can gain momentum.https://www.wired.co.uk/article/fake-news-macedoniaMonetising misinformation: inside the fake news capital of the worldThe first article about Donald Trump that Boris ever published described how, during a campaign rally in North Carolina, the candidate slapped a man...WIRED UK