: Fake news sites will have clickbait (web content enticing readers to click on advertising) and possibly more malevolent links. We have provided screenshots instead of direct links to these sites.Dennis Rodman Leaves the United States to Talk with Leaders of ISIS
A fake news site capitalized on Dennis Rodman’s known odd behavior to claim that he was going to talk with ISIS leaders. He’s done it with North Korea so why not ISIS? The news went viral and if you search the internet, you’ll still see articles online about this hoax. Notice the NBC logo is not correct. The URL ends in com.co which is suspicious since .co can be a Columbian site. The other possibility is that .co was introduced because of the overabundance of .coms as an alternate. However, NBC would have set up their URL long before the introduction of .co.
Always check Contact, Disclaimer links on all the web sites you read. This Contact link leads to supposed contact information about Dr. Paul Horner. If you Google or research his name, you will discover that he has built a series of fake news sites. In the excerpt of the article further down this page, you’ll see that Paul Horner is also listed as the President of Sock it Forward.
Fake news sites rely on the fact that most people do not read the entire article before posting it on their Facebook page or passing it on to friends. However, if you read this entire article, this version even quotes Fappy the Anti-Masturbation Dolphin and his reaction to Rodman’s trip.
Drug lord El Chapo breaks out of prison for the third time
El Chapo is still in prison. Notice the URL ends in com.co. As noted on a previous page, .co is the domain for Columbia. It was also introduced in 2010 as an alternative to .com. Most mainstream, reputable news sources have .com domains because they have been around long before 2010. Does the ABC logo look legitimate?
Vans full of illegals show up at six polling places to vote
The creator of this fake news article claiming that vans of illegals were voting repeatedly has the above ads. Reputable mainstream news sources only accept advertisers of products that they are comfortable being associated with. The news sources do not want advertisements on their site that bring into question their reliability or that offend their readers or viewers.
Always check the About Us links. You’ll see a Disclaimer below explaining that they make up satirical articles that can all be “baloney”. Most people do not check these disclaimer links and this is what creators of fake news sites count on to spread their news as though their articles were real.
Reputable news sources should be unbiased and avoid using inflammatory language. The news should present facts to inform you, not slurs to appeal to your emotions. Notice that this article calls Hillary Clinton, “Pantsuits McCriminal”.
Pope Francis Endorses Donald Trump
The librarian putting together these webpages made this breaking news image in under five minutes using a news generating web site. Don’t trust images disconnected from its supposed source. They can be faked.