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Hundreds of misinformation publishers in U.S identified by researchers

Information can be a tricky thing if you ask us, because with correct information you can do things no one would imagine and with incorrect information, you can fall into traps or even make a fool out of yourself.

NewsGuard published its reports in which they stated that out of the 113 websites that were found guilty of spreading misinformation in the 2020 elections, 81% of them are still continuing to actively promote fake news. Moreover, these websites are funded by major brands who are running their digital ads on them. What they don’t see is the fact that these are compromised websites and they shouldn’t be funding them. This means that they were responsible for spreading fake news regarding the election and also about the attack on the capitol.

It has been almost a year now since these problems first surfaced, but we can still identify that many of these websites are still producing elections-related content that is found to be misleading.

892 big brands were identified by NewsGuard that were funding the websites who had released wrong information related to elections or the January 6 attack.

One America News, also known as OAN, is highly in favor of Trump as stated by NewsGuard, also played a huge part in spreading wrong news stories and claiming that the 2020 election was not fair. They also questioned the credibility of the Voting systems. It was also seen that around 102 brands advertised their products on OANs website during the time period of Sept 1 to Dec.1 2021. Moat Pro used their intelligence tools to get to the roots of this matter.

NewsGuard also mentioned the facts and figures as to how much money these brands spent on the misleading websites. It was seen that around $2.6 billion worth of ads were given to these websites.

As compared to last year, a 32% decline has been seen in the ratio of websites that were spreading misleading information.

Many websites and companies, including NewsGuard turned their attention towards the audit in Maricopa County, Arizona. The report announced its decision in favor of Joe Biden as the winner of the elections and he had received more votes than ex-president Donald Trump. Still a lump of articles are found on the internet claiming that the elections in 2020 were not fair and the results were wrong.

These brands need to realize that the more they invest in these brands, the more they are to spread this misinformation among the people of America which would ultimately cause riots and would create tension in the country. The sooner they realize this thing the better it would be for the country.


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