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HERE'S HOW GOOGLE SENDS ADVERTISING DOLLARS TO FAKE NEWS SITES
New research shows Google’s online ad tech places ads on 70% of 1,700 sites purveying misinformation. The conversation around misinformation or hyper-partisan content generally revolves around social platforms like Facebook and Twitter. But advertising has helped prop up sites like the clickbait-focused Twitchy, the Kremlin-backed RT, and the fake ABC News lookalike abcnews.com.co. More often than not those ads are served by Google. A study released Sunday by The Global Disinformation Index, a UK nonprofit that rates sites’ trustworthiness, found that 70% of roughly 1,700 disinformation sites it analyzed were getting so-called “programmatic ads” ads placed automatically  from Google, putting brand names such as Audi and Sprint next to junk content. DAVID UBERTI READ MORE