What Can Agent Michael Brown Teach Us About Fake News?

Technology steps up to take on the global fake news challenge.

There’s nothing fake about fake news. It’s a serious problem. Misinformation took center stage during the 2016 U.S. election, and ever since then false claims have continued to hit across the entire political spectrum – left, right and center.

For instance, you may have heard of the story of Michael Brown. The 45-year-old FBI agent who allegedly killed his wife, Susan Brown, before turning the gun on himself. Right before that, he set their Walkerville, Maryland home on fire.

But who was Michael’s real killer? Fake news.

That’s because Michael Brown isn’t real. Neither is Susan Brown, their burnt-down house or Walkerville, Maryland for that matter. Neither is the Pope’s ringing endorsement of Donald Trump (and somehow also Bernie Sanders), nor Melania Trump’s body double. All fake.

Understanding the

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