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Image copyright Facebook Image caption The North Carolina Breaking News page looked innocent but is a textbook example of disinformation, according to one expert A Facebook page that seemed to be sharing local news in North Carolina is a textbook example of a disinformation campaign, BBC News has been told.The site accumulated more than 50,000…

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The North Carolina Breaking News page looked innocent but is a textbook example of disinformation, according to one expert

A Facebook page that seemed to be sharing local news in North Carolina is a textbook example of a disinformation campaign, BBC News has been told.The site accumulated more than 50,000 followers in less than a month but also raised suspicions it was peddling fake news.Administrators of the site claimed to be students at the North Carolina State University, working on a news project.The university told BBC News that was not the case and blamed Russian bots.Disinformation expert Dr Claire Wardle said: “It has all the hallmarks – it is labelled as ‘satire’ to get it past the Facebook fact-checkers, it is using genuine content but stories that are from years ago and from all over the US and not just North Carolina, it has stories that are meant to be racially divisive – it is a playbook of how
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