It’s a fairly notable week in the realm of Fake News, as Donald Trump is buying his friends and pirates are sailing the high internet seas under the Facebook banner.
Breaking news is shared daily across our Facebook feeds, yet too frequently the URL from where a story has originated winds up being ambiguous at best. The Big Smoke believes the onus is on us to make sure what we are reading is legit before sharing it to your newsfeeds, and it’s getting tougher than ever to work out what is real, and what is fake news. So, why not outsource it, you lazy gits? Let us help you help ourselves!
Whether you believe anything below is entirely up to you and your mental dexterity. It’s worth mentioning that we take no responsibility for what lies within the box, nor do we trifle with the troll gods or meme lords who created it. We’re simply the vessel. Or carrier. Whichever.
Internet curio #1: Craigslist ads try to solicit paid attendees for a Trump rally.
Now, this is not actually the most far-fetched potentially fake news story we have come across, considering that a firm which hired actors for Trump’s campaign launch claimed to receive $50 per person back in 2015. This past week, we saw Twitter ablaze over accusations that $100 per person offers were being made via Craigslist to attend another Trump rally, in Erie Pennsylvania. The ad was apparently deleted a day after it was flagged on Twitter, however it was found that it was not a Trump initiative, but rather that of Good Jobs Nation, who were looking to plan a demonstration to entice support from Trump at the event – and the ad was actually for people to stand in line, rather than rent-a-crowd Trump supporters.
Found on Craigslist:
"We need numerous people to stand in line for Trump Rally, Erie Insurance Arena. $100 per person. Wednesday, October 10 only, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM."
— Mollie Katzen (@MollieKatzen) October 10, 2018
Finding? FAKE NEWS.
Internet curio #2: Facebook pirates are cloning your accounts.
It seems like every few months our newsfeeds become flush with people warning each other about some Facebook scam, from our rights as users thanks to a privacy disclaimer that didn’t work to warnings that Facebook pirates are cloning your account. The reality is, cloning accounts has always been a scam that some hackers engage in, but it has not increased suddenly nor should be a sudden concern to anyone. Facebook already has in place measures to ensure that if a clone account is picked up it is quickly deleted, and there is no need to post this warning to your friends in your newsfeed (unless you have some evidence your own account has actually been cloned) as this has been an ongoing “hoax” since 2012.
Finding: MOSTLY FAKE NEWS.
Internet curio #3: US Sheriff’s Department is forcing arrestees to wear Nike shirts in their mugshots.
Ever since “that” Colin Kaepernick ad, stories have circulated the Internet about the hypocrisy of the Nike outrage; about the spike in sales following the Nike/Kaepernick controversy; and about outraged Nike customers burning their Nike shoes and socks.
On October 11th 2018, originating from Shaun King on Twitter, a story circulated which claimed that a Sheriff’s Department in Arkansas was forcing arrestees to wear Nike shirts in their mugshots, with the theory that it was being done as a jab against the brand and Kaepernick.
It’s true that a series of mugshots saw arrestees wearing the same Nike shirts for their photos, but the department denied that it was a political statement via Facebook, and was done simply due to the lack of resources in finding other items of clothing.
Finding: MOSTLY TRUE