Italy’s referendum vote: The ‘fake news’ made them do it

Italy’s referendum vote: The ‘fake news’ made them do it
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy arrives at the G20 summit. (Image: Screen grab of CCTV video, YouTube)

[Ed. – This really is becoming a psychosis with some of the media.  Most of you probably know that Italians decisively voted down PM Matteo Renzi’s reform package on Sunday, a vote widely seen as a Brexit-like move repudiating EU policies.  It’s a good bet George Soros’s money is behind the Italian “fact checkers” cited in this news story from CNN.]

The fake news plague is spreading.

Half of the most popular news stories related to the referendum shared on social media in Italy before the vote on Sunday were fake, according to a fact checking site Pagella Politica.

“Fake news are able to reach huge audiences, but by and large they remain undetected by the media – and so are not debunked or criticized,” said Giovanni Zagni, senior analyst at Pagella Politica.

The group analyzed the top posts about the referendum on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ and found that five out of the top 10 most shared stories were fake. …

The outgoing Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tried to combat the false news machine before the referendum. He hosted a Facebook Live sessions, trying to debunk the false claims that went viral on social media.

Some of the fake stories have even made it to the official blog of Beppe Grillo, the leader of the opposition Five Star Movement. His blog is among the most widely read blogs in Italy.

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