The scope of fake news on social media platform is growing and malicious actors are becoming more sophisticated. This past week, amid the growing list of women accusing Republican senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, a troll account on Twitter started a viral tweet alleging that the Washington Post was paying Moore’s accusers. The story, while debunked, made its way to media outlets. To help Congress in its efforts to combat fake news, a group of tech entrepreneurs have closely followed these disinformation campaigns. Renee DiResta – who recently helped prepare members of congress for the Intelligence hearing with Facebook, Twitter, and Google – is a part of the group called Data for Democracy. She joins Soledad O’Brien from San Francisco to discuss how hijacked accounts are automating the spread of fake news, how malicious agents have created real world events to intentionally divide groups, and how the increased polarization is a threat to democracy.

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