A social media social network drawing a picture of an elephant and captioning it “#jw” is the latest example of fake news on the internet, according to Buzzfeed.
Social media giant Facebook said it has removed more than 5 million fake news stories from its site since February.
But Twitter and YouTube are not immune to the scourge, with users reporting stories about the internet as “fake news” and sharing videos showing the accounts being taken down.
“I think we’re in a constant state of fear of the internet being hijacked by these bots,” a Twitter user, who goes by the name jw, told Buzzfeed in a video.
“I just got a tip from my mom who said they’re going to try to take down her account and I’m going to be on Twitter to help.”
Social media drawing a cat, captioning the picture “cat is cute”, is one of the more recent examples of fake stories on the site.
Buzzfeed has been tracking fake news for years, and has discovered a growing trend of bots hijacking social media accounts in the past.
BuzzFeed’s investigation has found that fake news accounts account for more than 40% of all news stories shared on the platform.
But fake news users are not the only ones affected by the problem.
“People who aren’t on Twitter or YouTube but who want to spread false news, they do it with the fake news,” Twitter user @Sara_Lane told BuzzFeed.
“The more they spread the fake content, the more they’re getting taken down by bots.
I think this is just another example of the bot war going on.””
It’s not a coincidence that it’s all about bots and fake news.”
Some users on social media have already reported bots stealing their account information or making false claims about them.
Some people have even shared videos on social networking websites showing fake accounts being removed or blocked.
Buzzsaw a new trend of Twitter accounts being deleted and removed accounts also disappearing from their profiles.