The money made today writing #fake news is astronomical and with this latest crackdown developing on people posting untrue reports, making that kind of easy money may soon be a thing of the past. Some of the people who post fake news on social media sites are proud of their work. One such fake news writer even boasted about making as much as $10,000 a month posting false and semi-false reports on his Facebook page.
Money to be made!
Fake news is nothing new, and it has been making people money for quite a few years. One of the more famous fake news reports last appeared about a year ago after popping up periodically throughout the last decade.
A few years back one very strange fake news report went viral and it is still being talked about today. As you can see in the picture posted with this article, the woman and man are very good looking. Their children though appear to have missed that gene. The story that accompanied this photo was how this man sued his wife for giving birth to ugly children and he won the lawsuit for $120,000.
A great tale was spun around this picture and it made for some very interesting reading. The man supposedly talked with the news media and said how he couldn't even look at his daughter as her looks were so disturbing. The story morphed from one child to three, and back again, but the gist of the reporting had this guy first accuse his wife of cheating on him and was adamant that another man fathered his very ugly daughter.
DNA proved this man wrong and showed that he was indeed the father of all the ugly children. It's then learned that his wife had undergone more than $100,000 worth of plastic surgery before they ever met. The kids look just like her, before she had those surgeries done. The husband sued his wife for marrying him under false pretenses and as the story goes -- he won!
Plastic surgery ad spins tall tale!
According to Snopes, this story had been around for over a decade and it went from one child to three when this picture was attached. This picture is from an ad created in Taiwan for plastic surgery. In it you have two models playing the husband and wife. The three kids' images were digitally altered to make them look almost pig-like. The caption under this picture when it appeared in the plastic surgery ad was "The only thing you'll ever have to worry about is how to explain it to the kids."
Paul Horner is one of the fake news writers who claims to make up to $10,000 a month, and he recently spoke with the media about his gig on writing fake news. The Washington Post describes Horner as a "prolific, Facebook-focused fake-news writer." The reporting of fake news is not only blurring the lines of reality for the masses, it is also making the people who write and post these inaccurate articles a small fortune.
Recently Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook has some ideas on the drawing board to safeguard against fake news posts. What he has in mind could be something as simple as a button to click, if you as the reader suspect what you are reading isn't true. He has also looked outside the company of Facebook to third party fact-checkers. The CEO also relayed that they are working at refining their technology so it can spot a fake news report when it is posted.
The fake news epidemic was brought to light recently during the presidential election. Some even accused fake news reports of swaying the election for the president. Mark Zuckerberg took these accusations very seriously and while he makes it a policy not to talk about work in progress at Facebook, he made an exception this time around, according to the Bloomberg Report.
He and his team have started looking into what they can do to win the battle against fake news and they went against their traditional protocol to make an announcement that they are working on this. Although you have to admit, they have spun some really interesting tall-tales, like the one above!