Shocking report claims fake news is remarkably cheap to produce

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Fake news is a very real problem, one that can sway elections and have monumental effects on society. Now, a new cybersecurity research report claims that producing a fake news campaign is not only incredibly cheap — it's also super easy to execute.

A new report from the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro takes a closer look at the cost of running misinformation campaigns hosted by various "content marketers" that offer services in Russian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and English.

These so-called content marketers offer a wide variety of services for running a fake news campaign including things like creating fake social media profiles (about $2,600), writing fake news stories ($30), and even making a video appear in YouTube's main page for a couple of minutes ($620). Read more...

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