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Some Trump supporters are using fake news to undermine outrage to real hate crimes

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NY Daily News writer Shaun King accused Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee of "using misleading stories" to undermine "real hate crimes" popping up since the election.

King pointed out that Huckabee shared an 8-month-old story to his Facebook by the site Conservative Tribune about two Northwestern University students who vandalized a local church with racial slurs and anti-Semitic graffiti, suggesting it was in response to "Donald Trump's victory."

In his post, Huckabee said the two students were "liberal, Jewish Northwestern students who were trying to smear Trump and his supporters."

The students, who were expelled from the university, weren't in fact Jewish. But another website also claimed the students were Jewish liberals.

Since Donald Trump was elected, hundreds of hate crimes have been reported across the country.

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Screen grab of the Facebook post

This is what Huckabee posted to his Facebook.

His page has more than 2 million followers.

Hitting fake news outlets where it hurts


Google is taking action in the war on fake news.

The company announced Monday it would not let sites that "misrepresent, misstate or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher's content or the primary purpose of the web property" use its AdSense platform, Reuters reports.

Considering display ads are a major source of revenue for many sites, Google's move could be a crippling blow.

This sounds familiar

Facebook has been under fire for allowing fake news and hoax sites to circulate alongside authentic news outlets. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the idea that fake news helped sway the presidential election was "pretty crazy," but later said his company was taking steps to fight fake news.

Google hasn't been immune to the fake news flood. Over the weekend, the top search result for "Who won the popular vote?" was a fake news site claiming Trump had won. Hillary Clinton still holds a lead, CNN reports.

Close behind that fake news about the vote count was the Snopes article debunking it.

Google also drew criticism after BuzzFeed News reported Macedonian publishers were creating fake news, largely opposing Clinton, that made money using Google's AdSense. (Pictured: Macedonians watch the election in the U.S. Embassy in Skopje.)

What if it is a site with some real information and some fake news? It requires specialized knowledge, and having humans (do it) doesn't scale.
Fil Menczer, Indiana University

Google already prevents sites with porn, violent material and hate speech from using the AdSense platform.

However, some experts say it could be tricky to separate the fake news from the legitimate. Google hasn't specified how this plan will be carried out.

And tech experts said it might be too little, too late.

What do you think of Google's attempt to crack down on fake news?

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