Fake news is always harmful. But it becomes even deadlier in these uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic. People are now more emotional and spending a lot of time online. Because of this, social media platforms are becoming an even bigger breeding ground for fake news.
One of the biggest factors in the proliferation of fake news is the existence of paid trolls. Troll armies spread fake news to support their clients or discredit the enemies of these benefactors. They even harass ordinary citizens who criticize the politicians they work for.(more…)