Tag Archive for fake news

15 Credibility Street #6: A load of barnacles

Long ago, people thought birds were birthed from trees… A few decades ago, news was important stuff and came from reliable sources you trusted… In the old days, people used to read books or check out sources before deciding they were experts in something. Not so anymore – it’s a free for all. Thanks, Internet.…

Facebook to flag and fact-check fake news

Facebook is tackling fake news by rolling out a flagging plan that triggers fact-checking by hand-picked fact-checkers. Admittedly going after “the worst of the worst”, they enlist the help of Snopes, ABC News and PolitiFact who have all signed on to the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). This sounds like great start. The stories get flagged…

Holiday lull in weird news

Forgive me, readers, it’s been 5 days since I posted a new story to Doubtful News. I’m not sure if I’m missing stuff, if it’s quiet because of the recent backlash against stupid fake news stories, or if it’s just that time of year where discussion of mysterious things is not cool, but I am…

15 Credibility Street #4: A virtual flood of news – bad, good, real, fake and otherwise

In this episode, after a disheartening election result, we spend time catching up on other questionable claims reviewing all the news stories posted since last time. Alaska river monster Canadian ping Quack loses license in Florida American eagles down the drain Earthquake lights over New Zealand Nostradamus and others “predicting” election results Fake News never…

Fake news gets real

Fake news is a hot thing and trendy topic right now. But as we’ve shown through the years, and is now COMPLETELY obvious, fake news is bad for society, kind of like street drugs, it comes with some nasty side effects that touch everyone in the community. Here are the dealers, making money like crazy…

The fake awakens: Dead over Star Wars

Another piece of shit fake news site is creating havoc with social media. No, someone did NOT kill themselves because the new Star Wars character is black. The fake news site, Newswatch33, posted a headline “Man Commits Suicide Over Star Wars Main Character Being Black #BoycottStarWarsVII” and it went  zipping around the web so fast that it…

Sorry Charlie: Nobody DIED from the demon-summoning challenge

Fake news sites are a menace. They hide their disclaimers well, but even if they had disclaimers right up front, you could bet many readers would not notice them and still believe the crazy stories and pass them on as real. Especially if the stories appear shocking and fit with the person’s personal beliefs. The…

Stunning! Fake TV news crew make the news

Just plain weird! Cleveland police investigate fake TV news crew assaulting residents with stun gun. Officers were called out to the 8800 block of Detroit Ave. around 2 p.m. after a victim reported that six men with a digital camera approached him claiming to be with a local television station and wanted to interview him.…

The Onion strikes again (Updated)

Onion article cited as fact by Iran news agency – US news – Weird news | NBC News. A joke by the satirical website The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation. An Iranian news agency picked up — as fact — a story from the paper about a supposed Gallup survey showing an…

FTC shuts down fake news sites that advertise dubious health claims

FTC Permanently Stops Six Operators from Using Fake News Sites that Allegedly Deceived Consumers about Acai Berry Weight-Loss Products Alleged Fraudulent Affiliate Marketers will Surrender Assets under Settlements Six online marketers agreed to settlements with the Federal Trade Commission that will permanently halt their allegedly deceptive practice of using fake news websites to market acai…