During the 2016 US Presidential election, the pro-Trump forces made up new fake news stories every day. They never offered any evidence. The pro-Trump forces eagerly spread these stories, fervently believing them only because they reinforced their belief that Hillary was the daughter of Satan.
There was no downside to telling these stories. If there were believed, they inflamed the Trump supporters and dispirited the Clinton supporters. If there were not believed, the result was no different than had the lies never been released.
We need to restore the penalty for emitting fake news. We need to track fake news back to its source. Then thoroughly debunk it, and sue the liars for libel. Then publicly shame the liars who spread the story and organise retaliation, blocking and shunning.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)