The business of disinformation is booming. From Russia to Brazil to the United States, at least 48 countries in 2017 used the Internet and social media platforms to spread fake news. An Oxford University study found that since 2010, governments and political parties world-wide spent $500 million on “psychological operations” that manipulate public opinion and diminish trust in public institutions. The number of countries that deployed such campaigns in 2017 doubled over the previous year.
The December 2017 Socionomist Special Report said:
“The weaponization of fake news continues as the internet struggles to distinguish ‘self’ from ‘other’ and discern what is real and fake–abilities crucial to its evolution.”
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