Overseas Fake News Publishers Use Facebook’s Instant Articles To Bring In More Cash


Big mainstream publishers are moving away from Instant Articles because they're less profitable than traditional links. But some fake news publishers have embraced them, reports Craig Silverman, who was very busy today!

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. At least 24 of these pages are also signed up with Facebook Audience Network, meaning Facebook itself earns a share of revenue from the fake news being read on its platform.


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