A person walks on a bridge in the city of Veles on June 12, 2018. / AFP / Robert ATANASOVSKI
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Jovan got a pair of Nike sneakers and went on holiday to Greece, his reward for having helped turn the small Macedonian town of Veles into an epicenter of "fake news" during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.Two years ago, a new source of income unexpectedly opened up when investors offered money to locals for producing news stories in support of Donald Trump, who was campaigning to become the 45th president of the United States.Hundreds of websites and Facebook pages started to come out of Veles servers with the sole aim of tarnishing Trump's Democrat opponents like Hillary Clinton or his soon-to-be predecessor President Barack Obama.The sites helped generate income in a country where youth unemployment is a whopping 55 percent.Web designer Borce Pejcev, 34, helped create many of the pro-Trump sites.While Jovan has stopped producing fake news, his friend Teodor continues to work for a company that runs hundreds of lifestyle websites.
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