The article's authors conducted a study to see whether synthetic disinformation can generate convincing news stories. This article details the authors' study and findings.
Why is this important?
"Disinformation is a serious problem. Synthetic disinformation—written not by humans but by computers—might emerge as an even bigger one. Russia already employs online “trolls” to sow discord; automating such operations could propel its disinformation efforts to new heights."