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fake news

Boomers Share the Most Fake News on Facebook, Study Finds

A new study found that age was the main factor that determined whether someone would spread misinformation on Facebook.
Sarah Emerson
1.10.19
Can't Handle the Truth

Don't Worry, Tide Pods Aren't Going Anywhere

Don't believe the story about Tide pulling the toxic little guys off the shelves.
Mike Pearl
1.28.18
Can't Handle the Truth

Trump Has No Idea What 'Fake News' Means

The president is apparently super mad about reporting errors that outlets have already apologized for. Weirdly, he doesn't seem to care about errors that make him sound good.
Mike Pearl
1.21.18
Can't Handle the Truth

Hawaii's Mistaken Ballistic Missile Alert Shows How Fake News Spreads

And more stories that turned out to be nothing.
Mike Pearl
1.13.18
Can't Handle the Truth

The Roy Moore Accusations Have Been a Magnet for Fake News

Somehow, the Alabama special election has managed to get even uglier in the last week, this time thanks to hoaxes.
Mike Pearl
11.18.17
Can't Handle the Truth

No, the Sutherland Springs Shooter Wasn't Antifa

And other fake news from the week.
Mike Pearl
11.12.17
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The 'Fake Melania' Conspiracy Theory Is Toxic, Cynical Spam

Even when fake news looks like a joke, it can spin out of control.
Mike Pearl
10.21.17
The VICE Guide to Self Improvement

A Cynic's Search for the Truth About Healing Crystals

AKA the New Age phenomenon beloved by white girls everywhere.
Katherine Gillespie
9.11.17
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Four Fake News Stories Liberals Gobbled Up This Week

Stephen Colbert once said "the truth has a liberal bias." That doesn't mean liberals don't enjoy bullshit—including bullshit about Colbert himself.
Mike Pearl
5.13.17
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Fake News Was Weirdly Fun This Week

Prince Philip is alive, and a lot of other online hoaxes were actually amusing.
Mike Pearl
5.7.17
Can't Handle the Truth

The Five Worst Fake News Stories Trump Has Pushed on America

From tapped wires to paid protesters to big-league crowds.
Mike Pearl
4.29.17
tech

A Wikipedian Explains How Wikipedia Stays Reliable in the Fake News Era

"If Wikipedia's rules were applied to Facebook? Oh my God! They'd lose 99 percent of their content."
Mike Pearl
11.25.16