This false story is one of thousands of fake news stories being circulated around Facebook by fly-by-night “hyperpartisan” sites this election cycle, according an investigation by Buzzfeed News.
A second investigation showed that many of the sites spreading the fake news have been created by teens in Macedonia looking to profit off of supporters (and detractors) of Donald Trump.
The teens tried to make pages for Bernie Sanders and other left-leaning politicians, but “people in America prefer to read news about Trump,” according to one Macedonian 16-year-old.
On Nov. 6, Vox posted a story tackling the expected long-term damage this flood of fake news on Facebook could have on democracy and what they say is the social media giant’s responsibility to tackle, sooner than later. (Source)