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Politico | 02.16.18

How white nationalists fooled the media about the Florida shooter

Joan Donovan

Data & Society Media Manipulation Lead Joan Donovan explains how misinformation spread after the Parkland shooting.

“Donovan called this an instance of ‘source hacking,’ a tactic by which fringe groups coordinate to feed false information to authoritative sources such as ADL researchers. These experts, in turn, disseminate the information to reporters, and it reaches thousands of readers before it can be debunked.”

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