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The Book of Veles - Jonas Bendiksen
Veles is a provincial North Macedonian town which placed itself on the world map in 2016 as an epicenter for fake news production. The area has lost much of its economic base in recent decades —an enormous steel smelter, a porcelain factory and other industry lie abandoned. During the 2016 US Presidential election, tech-savvy local youth created hundreds of clickbait websites posing as American political news portals, intending to earn quick money from viewer ad clicks. As the Veles fake news articles were spread to millions of people via Facebook and Twitter algorithms, many of these “news hackers” made substantial sums, and the sites may very well have contributed to the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA.
The story of Veles’ fake news producers is an example of how rogue information and “alternative truths" are a constantly growing force, and one that is not easily defeated.