Like a boomerang, a bogus story claiming that actor Morgan Freeman wants Hillary Clinton "in jail," is back. Conservative readers have been tricked again by pages notorious for spreading fake news.
The story has been debunked many times, yet whenever a conservative page (we monitor hundreds of them) posts the story again, it over-performs "bigly." The Facebook page "Colorado For Donald Trump 2020" is among the pages that have been losing their influence over the last six months because of new Facebook policies -- policies that we support. It is one thing to present stories with ideological bias; it is quite another to obviously fabricate facts and spread fake news. We at Being Liberal don't claim to be bias free, but we continue to fight to keep our shared platform free from blatant lies.
The truth is, some unscrupulous Facebook page operators know that conservatives share junk news without fact checking and that is one of the ways they think they can ramp up their dwindling traffic. As you can see, this page is generating less than a half of the interactions they were reporting just six months ago. Peddling fake news is the way to reverse this downward trend. Or so they think...
The story about Morgan Freeman was debunked several times - by Snopes and Politifact, among several other sources.
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