This goes beyond fake news. Just ask Google Home. Andrew Griffin explains:
Barack Obama is working with the communist Chinese government to plan a coup. That’s according to Google’s Home assistant, the little cylinder that sits in people’s houses and speaks to them, working similar to Amazon’s Alexa. But there is absolutely no evidence for the claim and Mr Obama does not appear to be planning to overthrow Donald Trump.
Fake news from Google? Say it ain’t so.
That doesn’t stop the box spewing out the fake news, if it’s asked whether or not Mr Obama is planning a coup – a common conspiracy theory that has been suggested by Mr Trump in recent days.
Obviously, Google rushed to fix the issue, and it’s likely humans were not involved thanks to the high ranking Google often gives to fake news in search engine results.
According to details exposed in Western Center for Journalism’s exclusive video, not only could Obama be in bed with the communist Chinese, but Obama may be in fact be planning a communist coup d’état at the end of his term in 2016!” anyone trying to find out whether or not Mr Obama is planning a coup will be told.
And that kind of misinformation spreads at nearly the speed of light.