The rise of AI fake news is creating a ‘misinformation superspreader’

Artificial intelligence is automating the creation of fake news

spurring an explosion of web content mimicking factual articles

that instead disseminates false information about elections, wars and natural disasters.

Since May, websites hosting AI-created false articles have increased by more than 1,000 percent

ballooning from 49 sites to more than 600,

according to NewsGuard, an organization that tracks misinformation.

Historically, propaganda operations have relied on armies of low-paid workers

or highly coordinated intelligence organizations to build sites that appear to be legitimate.

But AI is making it easy for nearly anyone

whether they are part of a spy agency or just a teenager in their basement

to create these outlets, producing content that is at times hard to differentiate from real news.