By this point, it’s clear that the spread of misinformation on social networks is a real problem
. Part of the issue, at least according to a report by security firm Trend Micro
, is that setting up spoof websites, commissioning fake stories, and buying likes is so damn affordable. Analysis of fake news services shows that it’s possible to discredit a journalist for $55,000, instigate a street protest for $200,000, and “manipulate a decisive course of action”—like an election—for just $400,000.