(Business Insider) — Paul Horner, 38, who runs a network of viral fake-news sites (he calls them satire), has been making a living off the practice for years. And he’s big. He says he makes $10,000 a month just from Google’s AdSense, the source of most of his revenue.
But Horner has now said that with the rise of Trump, fake news has reached a whole new level.
“It’s real scary,” he told The Washington Post in an article published Thursday. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time,” Horner continued. “I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.”
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