pink slime: shadowy, politically backed “local news websites” designed to promote partisan talking points and collect user data... a network of 450 intricately linked sites ID's in Dec 2019 is now 1200 ...
largest 2 networks: 90+% are algorithmically generated stories from publicly available data sets or by repurposing legitimate sources - the few original stories are conservative. They've diversified to address single subjects, religious orientation, business news... Liberal donors also supporting such sites.
Difficult to clearly define, particularly if ownership unclear. Vast majority of new sites related: may be 'located' in different states, different business models, etc. but share same authors, templates, analytical IDs...
Locality Labs developed the news automation tech used over all 1,200 websites.
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