How The Epoch Times Created a Giant Influence Machine
Since 2016, the Falun Gong-backed newspaper has used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire.
I spent the past few months reporting on The Epoch Times, trying to figure out how it went from small, obscure Falun Gong newspaper to giant, influential pro-Trump media empire. It was a wild ride!
good investigation of The Epoch Times by
. Another chapter in what is a definitive story of the last decade: unscrupulous actors building complex FB networks of hyperpartisan news & viral garbage for reach & ultimately destabilizing everything
This is why the electorate is so profoundly misinformed and I cannot stress enough how dangerous the hijacking of social platforms is. So
did perfectly here: How The Epoch Times Created a Giant Influence Machine - The New York Times
A few stray thoughts from my story in today's paper about The Epoch Times.
investigation: How Epoch Times, a Falun Gong-backed newspaper, has infected the info ecosystem. It peddles pro-Trump conspiracies to millions. Online audience is equal to that of Daily Caller or Breitbart. Facebook is key tool. By
A few phrases in this piece are off—FLG isn’t “relatively obscure” and its racist cosmology has been described for decades—but otherwise an excellent look at how Epoch Times went from a scrappy religious publication to a bulwark of far-right misinformation
Epoch Times is just one of the weirder Trump-era things
In another sign of our increasingly fractured information culture, here's how The Epoch Times became a top conservative news site and what Steve Bannon says will increasingly be "a force to be reckoned with.”
Charles C. Mann
Out of nowhere, something called the Epoch Times started appearing in my emailbox maybe 6 weeks ago. I couldn't figure out what it was about--other than it hated Beijing. Now I learn it's a key part of a secretive Falun Gong news empire
Here’s a new bit of thriving insanity to worry about on a wet Sunday morning : The Epoch Times has flaky weirdo Steve Bannon’s admiration. Who knew!!
Great glimpse at the fake news industry. "Embracing Mr. Trump and Facebook has made The Epoch Times a partisan powerhouse. But it has also created a global-scale misinformation machine that has repeatedly pushed fringe narratives into the mainstream."
This NYT profile of the publication called The Epoch Times is nuts
How an obscure Falun Gong-backed newspaper,
, used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire, by
If you've noticed commercials popping up everywhere for Epoch Times, promising to let you in on "what's really going on" (always pro-Trump/conservative) it started as an anti-Communist pub in China & run by the Falun Gong movement (cult some call it).
How The Epoch Times [backed by the Falun Gong cult:
] Created a Giant Influence Machine - The New York Times
Never underestimate the ability of a small handful of wackos to destabilize democracy. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.