Operation InfeKtion: The origins of fake news

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This three-part video series explores misinformation campaigns from the days before 'fake news' was a sound bite, and how modern-day governments are fighting back—or profiting from the chaos.

PART 1

We reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it.

PART 2

The Pizzagate playbook: Same tactics, new technologies. How the seven rules of Soviet disinformation are being used to create today’s fake news stories.

PART 3

Governments from Pakistan to Mexico to Washington are woefully unequipped to combat disinformation warfare. Eastern European countries living in Russia’s shadow can teach us how to start fighting back, but only if our politicians decide to stop profiting from these tactics and fight them instead.

Source The New York Times