Meet the mysterious, verified fake news page on Facebook
American News (aka The Patriot Review) is not only verified by Facebook, it's pushing fake news to 5.5 million people on the social network.
In verifying the page, Facebook gives no indication it's aware the news is fake.
The avatar is Ronald Reagan and the header includes a flag used by the Tea Party.
The American News website is completely silent and missing live comments, all posts we checked show zero shares, and the social media buttons on the menu do not lead anywhere.
Just this week Facebook agreed to labeling propaganda "false news" stories on the German Facebook, after that country's judiciary considers fining both Twitter and Facebook $500,000 for each fake news story. The program Facebook is cooperating with allows German users to flag potentially false stories. The stories would then be passed on to 3rd-party fact-checkers. However a recent report states that no German fact checkers have signed on yet.