The latest disinformation threat online? Old news stories - 2019-06-13
Legitimate news stories are playing a role in the spread of disinformation online. The problem isn't the source, but the date: the stories were published years ago and are being shared as if they're new.
An analysis of traffic to the CBC News site shows that old stories are frequently recirculated online, and often shared without noting the age.
Many resurrected stories are benign — like this one about a knife-stealing crow that recently saw a spike of traffic — but some cover divisive or political topics. Without the context of when the story was published, online posts that share these stories can be misleading — and may stoke discord ahead of Canada's federal election in October.