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Thu Jun 20, 2024, 08:31 AM Jun 20

Deluge of fake news websites threatens to drown out truth during US election [View all]

By Eric Berger
Published Thu 20 Jun 2024 06.00 EDT

Fears that ‘pink slime’ sites could be as harmful to political discourse as foreign disinformation in 2016 and 2020

Political groups on the right and left are using fake news websites designed to look like reliable sources of information to fill the void left by the demise of local newspapers, raising fears of the impact that they might have during America’s bitterly fought 2024 election.

Some media experts are concerned that the so-called pink slime websites, often funded domestically, could prove at least as harmful to political discourse and voters’ faith in media and democracy as foreign disinformation efforts in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

According to a recent report from NewsGuard, a company that aims to counter misinformation by studying and rating news websites, the websites are so prolific that: “The odds are now better than 50-50 that if you see a news website purporting to cover local news, it’s fake.”


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