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How Does Disinformation Spread?

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This fake story was first posted on Russian propaganda's new site and was then amplified by Russian-controlled bots and other disinformation news accounts until the claim was picked up by conservative papers on a quick deadline. 
 
It worked because the headline was eye-catching and easily believable because it played into a certain worldview. Unfortunately, it was not true. 

If Ted Cruz's communication staff had paused to consider the story and its truthfulness, they would have recognized the warning flags of a fake.

Unfortunately, social media conditions us to share without thought. Our news cycles are so fast that they create a perception that we must share quickly to be relevant.  That is what our adversaries are counting on.

The Creation of Russian Fake News

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