Major U.S. companies accidentally fund fake news

Screen capture of a page from the website World News Daily Report shows an ad for a Fiat Chrysler–manufactured pickup truck attached to a fictional story about the artist Yoko Ono and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


“Yoko Ono: ‘I Had An Affair With Hillary Clinton In The ’70s,’ ” read the headline in World News Daily Report, a website that peddles made-up stories.

Next to the story? An ad for the 2017 Ram 1500 truck, made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Big brands, often inadvertently, are helping fund the websites at the center of a growing controversy over misinformation on the internet.


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