Washington Post article on how fake-news websites make money.
And here’s how this might benefit Facebook:
“Google has more of an incentive to make information reliable,” Carroll noted, because Google’s business is based on providing accurate information to people who are looking for it. Facebook, though, “is about attention, not so much intention.” It’s generally good for Facebook’s business when something goes viral on the site, even if it’s not true. [Note: David Carroll is an associate professor of media design at the New School and an expert in advertising tech.]