The US and UK have been plagued by fake news and conspiracy theories in recent weeks, with reports of people being targeted for death by the likes of the so-called Islamic State, as well as the alleged murder of a former US vice president.
But there have also been reports of fake tweets, articles, tweets, Facebook posts and social media posts from people claiming to be from the US government and other prominent figures.
While it is not possible to determine the true source of these claims, many have claimed to be connected to the Trump administration.
However, while the mainstream media often attempts to cover these stories, many of these reports were not sourced, and the stories were not widely reported, according to data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics.
It is not clear how often these stories are being reported.
“We have seen many stories, some fake, that appear to originate in the US, and some from foreign countries.
In some cases, these stories appear to be written by people who are using social media as a platform to spread misinformation, such as in the case of the UK,” said Nick Hopkinson, a senior lecturer at the University of Reading.
The most common examples of these stories include a tweet that says: “US President Donald Trump is a liar, a liar and a cheat,” or “US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has just been fired for lying.”
In addition, there have been posts on social media that say: “Donald Trump is about to be impeached for treason.”
A similar account also claimed to represent the President of the United States.
A fake tweet by a British news website, The Sun, said: “Trump was not elected President of USA because the Democrats rigged the election.
They did it because they wanted to destroy him.”
A fake Twitter account claiming to represent former British Prime Minister David Cameron, and which has a picture of a fake head of the leader of the opposition Labour Party, said in the caption: “The Labour Party and David Cameron are both puppets of the Kremlin.”
The US Department of Homeland Security has not yet responded to a request for comment.
“It is likely that fake accounts will continue to be used to spread hoaxes and disinformation in the months to come,” said Hopkinson.
“If the news media fails to tackle this growing threat, it risks damaging the credibility of the news they report.”
Topics:internet-culture,world-politics,technology,advertising,social-media,united-statesFirst posted April 01, 2019 08:40:21Contact Andrew Taylor