Overseas Fake News Publishers Use Facebook’s Instant Articles To Bring In More CashJane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed - 2 years ago
  • While some mainstream publishers are abandoning Facebook’s Instant Articles, fake news sites based overseas are taking advantage of the format — and in some cases Facebook itself is earning revenue from their false stories.BuzzFeed News found 29 Facebook pages, and associated websites, that are using Instant Articles to help their completely false stories load faster on Facebook.
  • Of the 16 posts using Instant Articles, all but one had at least one ad delivered by Facebook’s own advertising network.
  • The design of Instant Articles has the effect of obscuring information about a news source that could be used to help evaluate the content, such as the original URL.