As Election Looms, a Network of Mysterious ‘Pink Slime’ Local News Outlets Nearly Triples in Size


The run-up to the 2020 November elections in the US  has produced new networks of shadowy, politically-backed “local news websites” designed to promote partisan talking points and collect user data. In December 2019, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism reported on an intricately-linked network of 450 sites purporting to be local or business news publications. New research from the Tow Center shows the size of that network has increased almost threefold over the course of 2020 to over 1,200 sites. 

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