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Thread: Same fake news story two days in a row

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    Same fake news story two days in a row

    Hey, Google News - wake up and pull this thing already.

    Jackson husband & wife shocked after DNA test reveals they are biological twins

    Fascinating, right?

    Except it's not true.

    Story about married couple discovering they were twins during IVF appears to be fake | Fox News

    From Snopes:

    None of the outlets that republished this story seemed fazed by the fact that the Mississippi Herald report included no verifiable details (such as the byline of the reporter who wrote it, the name of the clinic, the identity of any medical specialist there, or the name of the patients involved).

    Or that the same site ran a similarly outrageous and non-detailed
    article about a man who claimed he was sexually seduced by a horse.

    Or that the
    Mississippi Herald‘s web site includes no contact information — no physical address, phone number, or e-mail address — for its office or any of its personnel.

    Or that there is no such newspaper as the
    Mississippi Herald (the closest matches are a Biloxi publication called the Mississippi Sun-Herald and Water Valley’s small North Mississippi Herald), and the web site purporting to be such only sprang up online a few days before publishing the story referenced above.

    Or that the story was
    virtually identical word-for-word (save for the change in locale) to one published by the web site of another non-existent newspaper, the Denver Inquirer, back in December 2016 (also just after that site’s establishment)

    In short, both the Mississippi Herald and the Denver Inquirer are fake newspaper sites set up for no other ostensible purpose than to spread fictitious stories.

    And a number of online “news” publications ran with one of their fictitious stories without having made the slightest attempt to verify it, based on nothing more than one dubious source that should have raised a plethora of red flags in a real newsroom.
    Couple Finds Out They Are Biological Twins During IVF Treatment?

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    Fake news is growing and getting out of control. Someone apparently put out on social media that our tiny small town mayor had secretly moved out of town and has to be impeached as its a requirement for being mayor here. So off goes a bunch of people protesting at town hall and screaming for his head including several newspapers and local tv news. But none of it was true. All fabricated and then spread around. Its really gotten out of hand and I wonder how much of this stuff is true anymore. Even stuff that has pics I wonder now if its all photoshopped. Its really damaging long term because people are now so mistrustful of all news even little local stuff. We are going to be in trouble when people decide nothing is to be trusted anymore.

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    Come to the website before you sign in or just about any website and check out the click bait boxes at the bottom of the page, talking about "AMAZING" cures, remedies.....pregnancies by aliens.....don't eat this.....you name it......For all the usefulness of the internet as a tool, it has also been exploited as a means to spread disinformation and to lure people to websites where the owners can point to traffic (clicks on links leading to that site) as a means to make money, from advertisers and others. Also as a means lure you further, into giving information they then use for phishing/information mining.....in many cases for nefarious purposes.

    The sad thing is, these folks are going to sew so much mistrust that they will eventually render the open internet useless or render it all useless as people will no longer want machines that are gathering information, then used to steal from them, in their homes and offices.

    You can bet fake "news" sites and blogs, pretending to be American and of one political bent or another, are set up by people from/governments of other nations, to try to influence voters and sway them politically toward a candidate that would be most advantageous and friendly to the policies of that nation.

    No free society of people can operate without a minimum level of trust among themselves. If someone wanted to throw a nation into chaos, then come in as the "savior" (see dictator/fascist regimes in history), one of the best ways to do that, would be to sew the seeds of mistrust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnotaFrayed View Post
    Come to the website before you sign in or just about any website and check out the click bait boxes at the bottom of the page, talking about "AMAZING" cures, remedies.....pregnancies by aliens.....don't eat this.....you name it......For all the usefulness of the internet as a tool, it has also been exploited as a means to spread disinformation and to lure people to websites where the owners can point to traffic (clicks on links leading to that site) as a means to make money, from advertisers and others. Also as a means lure you further, into giving information they then use for phishing/information mining.....in many cases for nefarious purposes.

    The sad thing is, these folks are going to sew so much mistrust that they will eventually render the open internet useless or render it all useless as people will no longer want machines that are gathering information, then used to steal from them, in their homes and offices.

    <snip>
    (I agree with the rest of your post that I snipped, but wanted to comment on the above.)

    Unfortunately that isn't true anymore. And knowing I will be exposing myself to ridicule from some but I admit I'm a NASCAR fan. And the best in terms of accuracy, timeliness and accessability for NASCAR news is NASCAR.com.

    But for the last 6 months or so, they have had all those stupid clickbait amazing ads you are talking about. The racing content is the same quality, but I guess there is just too much money in displaying the clickbait. So you can't use that yardstick anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    (I agree with the rest of your post that I snipped, but wanted to comment on the above.)

    Unfortunately that isn't true anymore. And knowing I will be exposing myself to ridicule from some but I admit I'm a NASCAR fan. And the best in terms of accuracy, timeliness and accessability for NASCAR news is NASCAR.com.

    But for the last 6 months or so, they have had all those stupid clickbait amazing ads you are talking about. The racing content is the same quality, but I guess there is just too much money in displaying the clickbait. So you can't use that yardstick anymore.
    Howdy RNG.....I'm not sure what you mean by a yardstick or what you believe I was measuring. As far as I can tell, most websites I visit, including one's one might think might pay attention to the National Enquirer type click boxes that populate the bottom of their webpages. Whomever is putting them there are paying someone for access to place them there and it does not appear those taking money to put a clickbait box on someone's webpage, care if any of the visitors to their webpage get ripped off by those who place the clickbait boxes.

    As far as a measure of who allows them, who doesn't, it seems too many websites allow them, but they provide revenue to someone. Ideally, it should not be the responsibility of those accepting ads to see if those they are taking money from, are legitimate and are not phishing/data mining the people that visit a website, like NASCAR, for instance or this website. Eventually that may end up being the case as more and more people get ripped off or subjected to telephone and e-mail scams as well as barely being able to read the content of a webpage they visit for a specific purpose because of all the damn pop ups and videos running on the same page.

    What I was talking about is in the weighing of the use and usefulness of technology, if the positive, constructive, useful features of our technology begin to become outweighed by people who use the system to steal, hurt and destroy others, then people may begin to drop it like a hot potato or radioactive material. Your Smart Phone and computer are capable of doing amazing things, but if people find out the thieves and robbers have found more ways to use your computer and Smart Phone against you, than you can find uses for it, people are not likely to keep a spy and collector of their private information and lives sitting on their bedside tables and on their desks for long.

    Where the clickbait/phishing links are found does not really matter if they are the ones that then abuse and exploit your clicking on their clickbait box or handing more information over to them, whether you are aware of it or not, at least not now. The more people use exploit and abuse the information, the more clickbait boxes are going to matter and websites may become more discriminating about who they take money from and check out who's paying for a clickbait box so bad experiences (from clicking on them) don't chase customers or fans away from the legitimate websites. The other way to battle clickbait boxes would be to simply not click on them or dry them up because they aren't getting revenue. Unfortunately, the fierce competition among companies and individuals trying to pay to maintain their websites, means anyone willing to pay them, usually gets the OK and so, it continues, but like plaque that gums up people's arteries or mineral deposits that build up to close off piping, this may overwhelm the net and rendering it more of pain in the butt to use or something that works against you, more than for you, than as a useful tool.

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    Damn, I was getting set to do a genetic scenario of why identical twins mating is bad (it makes any recessive trait homozygous and therefore expressed) but I don't have to now.
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    Every fake story fed through and to FOX and the RW sites including BREITBART made it onto this board NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH the wholly made up PIZZAGATE story about Hillary and the totally made up stories fed from MACEDONIAN teenagers. Everyday, every story!

    I will ASK THE QUESTION AGAIN! If 'liberals, progresives, Democrats are so dishonest, incompetent and/or despicable, why in the HELL does anyone need to make up a GD thing?

    I've posed this question for MONTHS. No one will even take it a swing at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnotaFrayed View Post
    Come to the website before you sign in or just about any website and check out the click bait boxes at the bottom of the page, talking about "AMAZING" cures, remedies.....pregnancies by aliens.....don't eat this.....you name it......For all the usefulness of the internet as a tool, it has also been exploited as a means to spread disinformation and to lure people to websites where the owners can point to traffic (clicks on links leading to that site) as a means to make money, from advertisers and others. Also as a means lure you further, into giving information they then use for phishing/information mining.....in many cases for nefarious purposes.

    The sad thing is, these folks are going to sew so much mistrust that they will eventually render the open internet useless or render it all useless as people will no longer want machines that are gathering information, then used to steal from them, in their homes and offices.

    You can bet fake "news" sites and blogs, pretending to be American and of one political bent or another, are set up by people from/governments of other nations, to try to influence voters and sway them politically toward a candidate that would be most advantageous and friendly to the policies of that nation.

    No free society of people can operate without a minimum level of trust among themselves. If someone wanted to throw a nation into chaos, then come in as the "savior" (see dictator/fascist regimes in history), one of the best ways to do that, would be to sew the seeds of mistrust.
    It's not just America. France right now is snowed under with fake news as the presidential polls open tomorrow AM.
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    It's one of the hazards of the internet.

    Running stories from unknown/unreliable blogs through Snopes like you did is a good idea.

    If you take 10% of everything you read in the internet at face value, that's probably too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnotaFrayed View Post
    Come to the website before you sign in or just about any website and check out the click bait boxes at the bottom of the page, talking about "AMAZING" cures, remedies.....pregnancies by aliens.....don't eat this.....you name it......For all the usefulness of the internet as a tool, it has also been exploited as a means to spread disinformation and to lure people to websites where the owners can point to traffic (clicks on links leading to that site) as a means to make money, from advertisers and others. Also as a means lure you further, into giving information they then use for phishing/information mining.....in many cases for nefarious purposes.

    The sad thing is, these folks are going to sew so much mistrust that they will eventually render the open internet useless or render it all useless as people will no longer want machines that are gathering information, then used to steal from them, in their homes and offices.

    You can bet fake "news" sites and blogs, pretending to be American and of one political bent or another, are set up by people from/governments of other nations, to try to influence voters and sway them politically toward a candidate that would be most advantageous and friendly to the policies of that nation.

    No free society of people can operate without a minimum level of trust among themselves. If someone wanted to throw a nation into chaos, then come in as the "savior" (see dictator/fascist regimes in history), one of the best ways to do that, would be to sew the seeds of mistrust.
    That one of the things that concerns me the most.
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