News sites have their place and their time in the healthy news media landscape. News sites, like other websites, can be the lifeblood of your Internet business and should be treated with considerable attention by advertisers. An online newspaper isn’t quite the same as a traditional newspaper, though. An online newspaper is simply the online version of a regular printed periodical, sometimes with an online version also available.
It’s not difficult to see that the majority of the content that appears on some of these websites is accurate however, there’s plenty of fake news out there. Social media has made it easy for anyone to start a website, including companies, and then quickly share whatever they want to. There are hoaxes and rumors all over the place, even on the most well-known social media sites. Fake news websites don’t just belong to Facebook, however; they’re spreading across almost every platform on the internet that you can think of.
There’s a lot of talk this year about fake news sites. This is not just the emergence of popular sites during the this election cycle. Some of them included quotations from Obama or claimed endorsements from him. Others simply told false stories about immigration or the economy. In the lead-up to the presidential election, false stories about Jill Stein’s Green Party campaign were distributed via email.
Other fake news stories propagated conspiracy theories of Obama being connected to the Orlando nightclub massacre, chemtrails, and the secret society known as “The Order”. Some articles promoted conspiracy theories that were completely insubstantial and had no basis whatsoever in the real world. The most widely spread lies in these hoaxes was that Obama was working with Hezbollah and that he had been in contact with Al Qaeda members, and that he was planning to deliver a speech to the Muslim world.
One of the largest hoaxes that were reported on the internet in the lead-up to the presidential election was an article that ran in several prominent news sites that incorrectly claimed that Obama was wearing an camouflage dress at a dinner with Hezbollah leaders. The article featured photographs of Obama and other British celebrities who were present at the meal. The article falsely claimed that Hezbollah leader Hezbolla had sat at the restaurant with Obama. There’s no evidence to suggest that a dinner like this was held, nor is there evidence that any of these individuals ever met Obama in this location.
Fake news stories pushed others absurd assertions, from the absurd to the bizarre. One of the items advertised on the hoax website was an advertisement for a jestin coller. The joke website from which the story was supposed to come from had purchased tickets to a top Alaskan comedy festival. One instance listed Anchorage as the location, Coler having performed there once.
Another example of one of the numerous fake news website hoaxes involved an Washington D.C. pizzeria which made the false claim that President Obama had stopped to eat lunch there. A photo purporting to show Obama was circulated widely online. Jay Carney, White House press secretary confirmed that the image was fake and was featured on a variety of news programs shortly afterwards. Another fake news story that circulated online claimed that Obama also visited the resort to play golf and was pictured on the beach. None of these claims were genuine.
Some of the most disturbing instances of the proliferation of these fake stories included far more serious fake stories that posed real threats to Obama were distributed through social media. Several alarming examples have been spotted on YouTube and other similar video sharing websites. Among them, an animated picture of Obama holding a baseball bat while screaming “Fraud!” was featured on at the very least one YouTube video. Another example was a clip of Obama speaking to students in Kentucky. YouTube uploaded it using a fake voice that claimed to be the president. YouTube later removed the video for violating the terms of service.
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