SELLING LIES
SELLING LIES
SELLING LIES
SELLING LIES
Macedonian teenagers broke the code. The rest of the world faced the consequences

SELLING LIES

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“The short, brilliant & scary doc… goes deep inside the Macedonian fake news industry and shows the truth behind the lies — and the impact it had on America. Very important!” - Walter Isaacson, Professor of American History and Values | Tulane University 

Journalism + Misinformation • Political Science • Technology + Society •  American Politics • International Studies • Democracy

Date of Completion: 2019 | Run Time: 31 minutes​​ | Language: English | Captions: Yes Includes: Transcript Director & Producer: Leslie Iwerks 

In 2016, an army of teenagers in Macedonia discovered a wildly lucrative game of posting false political clickbait news articles on Facebook for profit. By creating websites leading up to the presidential election that published sensationalized and misleading news stories about American politics, they generated a massive income and influenced the election. SELLING LIES offers a rare glimpse inside the secret network behind these websites, including one notorious ringleader whose social media reach had vast implications on American readers, and explores how disinformation campaigns are continuing to strongly impact the U.S. today leading into the 2020 presidential election.

Tulane University | Walter Isaacson, Professor of American History and Values
“The short, brilliant & scary doc… goes deep inside the Macedonian fake news industry and shows the truth behind the lies — and the impact it had on America. Very important!”

CinemaBlend
“What's quite possibly the most interesting thing about Selling Lies is the way that it absolutely does refrain from making a judgment on this conflict between morality and money. The different positions are put forth and the audience is left to discuss it all after the fact."