From paid protestors to Dr. Evil, John Oliver spotlights corporate-funded "astroturfing"

The Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight has made its comedy bones by exposing bottom-feeding charlatans, bigots, and the unjust. And that’s even before Donald Trump became president—and host John Oliver’s bottomless, soulless well of apoplectically delivered exposé comedy. So, in Sunday’s examination of the practice of…

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make obviously fake Trump tweets

Crafting a fake tweet designed to mock the erratic online presence of our large, dumb President seems like a fairly simple task. Just collect anywhere between five and fifteen buzzwords from the current news cycle, put a few them in all caps, and have no regard for punctuation or grammar. But, now that we’re living in …

Facebook to fix our divided media landscape by asking the masses which news sources they trust

Facebook has spent the last year attempting to dig itself out of a pretty serious credibility hole, as various parties blamed it for influencing the 2016 election by algorithmically serving up content like “10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate”—not to mention literal foreign propaganda—to…

Scientific study of fake news reveals pretty much what you'd expect

Here’s some real news about fake news that most people will probably find wholly unsurprising: It’s usually pro-Trump, and most people who fall for it are Republicans who are over 60. That shocking stuff comes from a “the first scientific, data-based study of Americans’ exposure to fake news,” which has recently been…

That giant robot battle was fake because there is nothing good left in this world

Earlier this week, a battle two years in the making was finally streamed live for the world to see. This ultimate robotic showdown between team USA’s 16-foot-tall mech, “Eagle Prime,” and Japan’s 13-foot-tall “Kuratas” was meant to show the destructive capabilities of these massive machines in a heart-pounding…

Read This: White House staffers manipulate Trump by giving him fake news

We all know what Trump thinks about the press, but that apparently doesn’t stop him from voraciously devouring whatever articles come across his desk or whichever news anchors penetrate his beady, thousand-yard stare. A new piece from Politico draws upon a number of sources to get a sense of just how Trump receives…

New short film lets Mike Cernovich convince you he is a piece of shit

Mike Cernovich is a garbage person who, through his massive social media following, proliferates conspiracy theories—namely that everyone in Washington, D.C., outside of Donald Trump is a pedophile—when he’s not defining “diversity” as “white genocide,” describing feminism as a “collective action for ugly women,” and…

Fake news has evolved into grossly manipulative real news

The key to a successful fake news story—and, as always, we’re talking about actual fake news stories, not CNN reports that Donald Trump doesn’t like—is not how believable the story is, but how good it is at making people shocked or angry. That’s what makes someone want to share it on Facebook, and if they’re…

Don’t worry, the Russian government will tell you what news is fake

Fake news: It’s all the rage these days, a big step up from when it was just Nigerian princes who desperately needed a bank account in the West. After deliberate falsehoods and manipulation via phone news sites helped to influence presidential election results, combatting these sites became a new mission for numerous…