Gaming the system to spread falsehoods

While bots may be used to spread fake news, users' lack of media literacy is worrying too

Showing up on Twitter's trending topics list, which alerts users to what's going viral in real time, is a dream for many businesses and organisations.

And in some countries, such fame can be attained briefly for as little as $300.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 11, 2018, with the headline ' Gaming the system to spread falsehoods'. Print Edition | Subscribe