In a new CNN Digital Studios production, CNN correspondent Isa Soares travelled to Veles in Macedonia, to investigate how a small town has become the global capital of fake news.
Over 100 websites were tracked here during the final weeks of the 2016 U.S. election campaign, producing content in favour of Republican candidate and now President Donald Trump.
In a country where the average monthly income is just US $426, CNN hears how producers of fake news are generating massive profits from misinformation, with one claiming to earn up to US $2,500 a day from advertising on web pages.
As part of an exclusive interview with Soares, the 24-year-old producer divulges the extent and impact of this misinformation and reveals he is already preparing for the 2020 Election.
Under the alias ‘Mikhail’, the producer tells Soares: “My primary goal is to prepare a site like I was having before, to be ready for the next election in America.”