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They helped the baseless story generate over 140,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.Meanwhile, roughly 6,000 miles away in a small town in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a young man watched as money began trickling into his Google Ad Sense account.(To put that into perspective, the New York Times' exclusive story that revealed Donald Trump declared a 6 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns generated a little more than 175,000 Facebook interactions in a month.)The viral Clinton story was sourced from The Rightists.com, a site that admits it publishes both real and fake content. Four of the five most successful posts from the Macedonian sites Buzz Feed News identified are false.According to emails released by Wiki Leaks, Clinton said in a private speech to Goldman Sachs that she would like to see more successful business people enter politics. They include the false claim that the pope endorsed Trump, and the false claim that Mike Pence said Michelle Obama is the "most vulgar first lady we've ever had." Those four posts together generated more than 1 million shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.For example, the most successful post Buzz Feed News found from a Macedonian site is based on a story from a fake news website.

A Guardian report identified 150 politics sites.)Their reasons for launching these sites are purely financial, according to the Macedonians with whom Buzz Feed News spoke."I started the site for a easy way to make money," said a 17-year-old who runs a site with four other people.

They almost all publish aggressively pro-Trump content aimed at conservatives and Trump supporters in the US.

The young Macedonians who run these sites say they don't care about Donald Trump.

These sites open a window into the economic incentives behind producing misinformation specifically for the wealthiest advertising markets and specifically for Facebook, the world's largest social network, as well as within online advertising networks such as Google Ad Sense."Yes, the info in the blogs is bad, false, and misleading but the rationale is that 'if it gets the people to click on it and engage, then use it,'" said a university student in Veles who started a US politics site, and who agreed to speak on the condition that Buzz Feed News not use his name.

Using domain name registration records and online searches, Buzz Feed News identified over 100 active US politics websites being run from Veles.