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Fact Check: How to decipher online news and information: Examples of Fake News

Fake news stories

Fake news can easily proliferate, particularly in times of political turbulence and instability. Take a look at the following examples of fake news:

Fake websites

These are two examples of satirical and fake news sites that deliver news with distorted or false information, biased viewpoints and fabricated facts:

The World News Daily Report

This defunct site is an example of disinformation. To confuse and add to the misleading of readers, World News Daily Report mixes some true stories with their fake ones. Their disclaimer starts with a large headline reading "NEWS YOU CAN TRUST," however, when you scroll to the bottom of the page, it reads:

WNDR shall not be responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this website or by any technical or human error which may occur.  WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people –  are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

It is hard to find examples of live distorted information sites. They are often only up for a short time before they are debunked. The publishers will then take the site down, change the URL slightly, and make them live again. You should be wary of visiting any site you are unsure of as there may be viruses or other malware associated with those sites. 

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus 

Your help is needed to save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus from extinction! Visit the official site to learn more about this elusive species, what you can do help, and share sitghings of this temperate rainforest cephalopods. 

It is pretty obvious that this clever and entertaining website is fake. It is not intended to be misleading, but a satirical site for a fictional animal that gained a surprise following. 


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