All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Hoax’

Facebook Privacy Hoax Is Idiotic, But Privacy Isn’t – Here’s How to Manage Yours

Facebook Privacy Hoax Is Idiotic, But Privacy Isn’t – Here’s How to Manage Yours

Over the past week, you may have seen a friend or family member post something like this: Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to ‘private.’ If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free …

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Facebook Privacy Hoax Still Making the Rounds, Still Dumb As Ever

Facebook Privacy Hoax Still Making the Rounds, Still Dumb As Ever

Every time one of these Facebook privacy hoaxes starts making the rounds, I don’t want to write anything about it. It’s like beating a dead horse. But it’s not really a dead horse. It’s a zombie horse. And when I see dozens of people on my feed posting the same bullshit statuses, I feel compelled. Facebook is never going to …

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Facebook Scam Targets Those Impatient for a Dislike Button

Facebook Scam Targets Those Impatient for a Dislike Button

So you want to be able to show your friends and family just how much you hate their posts? You may, at some point, get a dislike button. Probably not the kind you’re thinking of, but maybe. Dislike hype is at an all time high, however, after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company is currently building some sort …

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Facebook May Not Let You Edit Article Headlines Anymore So That ‘Publishers’ Content Is Not Misrepresented’

Though it’s not an entirely new phenomenon, headline skimming has most certainly increased in the social media era. Who the hell has time to read every article someone posts on Facebook? Most of the time, it’s sufficient to read the headline, check out the brief article preview description, look at the attached image and move on. Even if you aren’t …

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Fake Twitter Buyout Article Fools Everyone, Sends Stock Soaring

Hoax articles – fooling everyone from your racist uncle on Facebook to top Wall Street investors. An article suggesting that Twitter had received a $31 billion offer sent the company’s stock prices soaring earlier this afternoon. The article, called Twitter Attracts Suitors, is hosted on bloomberg.market and made to look exactly like a Bloomberg Business article. “Twitter is working closely …

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No, a Drone Didn’t Crash into an Airplane

A video of a small drone crashing into the wing of an airplane isn’t real, so stop sharing it. Or keep sharing it, but make sure you put it in the right context. BranitFX uploaded a video on Tuesday titled “NYC Drone Collision (happens at 00:16)”. The short clip shows the wing of a plane, as filmed from inside the …

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Facebook ‘Powerball’ Scam Screws Woman out of $10K

Neither Facebook nor its CEO Mark Zuckerberg are ever going to give you money, unless you’re a charity – then you might get a fat donation from Zuck. But for average, everyday people on Facebook, anyone claiming to have money for you is lying. Most of us would reply duh to that – but some of the oldest scams in …

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Kanye West Wasn’t Banned from the Grammys Damnit Stop Sharing These Hoax Articles

A disclaimer at the bottom of every page on the site Huzelrs.com reads: Huzlers.com is the most notorious urban satirical entertainment website with the most shocking headlines and articles. Likewise, a disclaimer on the “about us” page of The Adobo Chronicles reads: THE ADOBO CHRONICLES is your source of up-to-date, unbelievable news. Everything you read on this site is based …

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Please Stop Falling for Facebook Porn Scams

Over the weekend, more than 110,000 people managed to infect themselves with malware by clicking on a Facebook link. That number is still climbing. How? “The trojan tags the infected user’s friends in an enticing post. Upon opening the post, the user will get a preview of a porn video which eventually stops and asks for downloading a (fake) flash …

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Facebook Is Finally Trying to Stop Those Dumb Hoaxes from Spreading

If the grand experiment that is social media has taught us one thing, it’s that people have no shame. If it’s taught us anything else, it’s that people will fall for anything. Because you can’t be trusted to recognize a hoax when you see one, Facebook has announced that it is taking steps to minimize the effectiveness of such hoaxes. …

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Facebook Hoax Promises Hot Snapchat Photos, Delivers Only Fraud

If you’re scrolling through your news feed and come across a pair of boobs and a promise of hot Snapchats, ignore your impulses and avoid. It’s a scam. Specifically, you might see links to articles called “10 Hottest Leaked Snapchats Ever” or “Welcome to new batch of Snapchat leaked.” If you click, you’ll likely be taken to fraudulent websites under …

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Faceboozled: The Facebook Hoaxes That Duped Your Gullible Friends (and Likely Will Again)

“You can’t believe everything that you read, and that goes double for stuff on Facebook.” – Mark Zuckerberg* Recently, a very old and very stupid hoax made the rounds on Facebook. It wasn’t the first time, and you can be certain that it won’t be the last time. Facebook hoaxes have a zombie-like quality to them, and there’s no cure …

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Ricky Martin Isn’t Dead, Just Chillin in #Heaven

Ricky Martin is alive and well, relaxing on the beach in #heaven. Martin is the latest victim of the ubiquitous celebrity death hoax, as the internet killed him off over the weekend. The hoax seems to have originated from a YouTube video, in which a poorly-dubbed official at a press conference reports the singer had been killed in a car …

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Facebook Privacy Hoax Returns to Dupe the Highly Dupable

Don’t be the guy who posts that completely useless privacy notice on Facebook … again. Hey, better safe than sorry, right? Wrong. Just say no. A hoax as old as any (and there are a lot inside the Facebook bubble) has resurfaced, tricking a new round of users (and likely some of the same) into posting a completely meaningless privacy …

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“Drunk Girl” Video Is A Viral Hoax, Completely Faked

“‘Drunk girl in public’ prank will make you lose faith in humanity” read the headlines of Metro, Blender Fox, and London Report. The “Drunk Girl” video went viral, garnering 4.5 million views, and showcasing a series of men conspiring to take advantage of an intoxicated Los Angeles woman as she walks down Hollywood Boulevard in the middle of the day. …

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Facebook Monthly Fee Hoax Resurfaces, Is Still Incredibly Stupid

“Facebook is a free site and will never require that you pay to continue using the site.” You may not trust Facebook all of the time, but you should trust them on this. Facebook’s business model does not and will not include charging a subscription fee to use the service. It’s not going to happen. Every few months, a hoax …

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Betty White Isn’t Dead, Just the Victim of a Bad Pun

Betty White, the 92-year-old comedienne and actress who seems to only get better with age, is fine. Despite what you may have heard on Twitter, White is not dead. But she is the victim of a bad pun. ‘Satirical’ news site Empire News published an article on Wednesday titled “Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home.” …

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‘Facebook Drug Task Force’ Hoax Shows Desperate Need for More Satire Tags

Last week, Facebook began reminding idiots that The Onion, as well as articles from other “satirical” sources, were in fact satire. And like a beaming white patronus in the forest of idiocy, thousands of clueless souls stepped up to provide an immediate example of why Facebook is doing this. Despite what your stoner nephew may have posted this week, Facebook …

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Orange Is The New Black Wasn’t Canceled, It’s Just a Dumb Hoax

Despite what you might have read over the weekend, the ladies of Litchfield will be back for a third season. Self-proclaimed “satirical and entertainment website” Empire News published an article on Friday with the clickbaity headline “Netflix Pulls Plug On Orange Is The New Black; The Reason Why May Shock You”. In it, we learned that Orange Is The New …

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KFC Scarred Little Girl Was A Hoax

The story of a badly disfigured little girl, who was asked to leave a Mississippi KFC restaurant, may have been a complete hoax. According to the Laurel Leader-Call, the allegations that three-year-old Victoria Wilcher and her grandmother were asked to leave the Jackson restaurant because she was scaring the other customers are false. “They just told us, they said, ‘We …

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Ryan Gosling Hoax Fools Millions Of Facebook Users

Nearly one million Facebook users were duped over the weekend when a fake post allegedly from Ryan Gosling started circulating on the Internet. The post came from a page deliberately making people think it was from Gosling. The post was accompanied by a picture of Ryan holding a baby boy. The hoax revealed that Gosling had adopted the young boy …

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Kevin Edson Charged For Boston Marathon Bombing Hoax

Kevin Edson was arrested on Tuesday after Boston police spotted him walking barefoot in the rain and carrying a backpack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Edson was taken into custody shortly after admitting to police that his bag contained a rice cooker. Two pressurized cookers were used in the original Boston Marathon Bombings. A witness said that …

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Boston Marathon Bombing Hoax: Artist To Blame?

Tragic events should inspire people to show empathy for the affected victims with words of support and acts of kindness. Unfortunately, some would prefer to use these horrible incidents to draw all the wrong kinds of attention to themselves. Case in point is the man that Boston police arrested on Tuesday evening. The suspect had been seen walking barefoot in …

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Cloned Dinosaur Story is a Complete Hoax

Last week a story appearing on the website Newshound.biz reported that British scientists had successfully cloned a dinosaur. Citing scientists and spokespersons from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), the story stated that a baby Apatasaurus named “spot” had been born from DNA taken from Apatasaurus fossils. The story, as suspected by many, has now been confirmed as a complete fabrication. …

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Wayne Knight Hoax: Newman is Alive, No Joke

For some reason, the Internets like to make up stories of celebrities dying. The result is a bunch of confusion and possibly unnecessary tumultuous feelings–all for the sake of some website traffic. This wasn’t a plot planned by his nemesis, Jerry, at all– it was merely an inconsiderate act by a website to be remained nameless. At a time when …

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‘Pawn Stars’ Star Chumlee Refutes Death Hoax via Twitter

Pawn Stars star Chumlee is not dead. As a matter of fact, he’s very much alive and well. According to UPI, Chumlee, whose real name is Austin Russell, became the topic of a viral hoax that began circulating around the Internet earlier this week. The publication reports that several claims suggested that the reality TV star had died of a heart …

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‘Pawn Stars’ Chumlee Not Dead, Despite Rumors

In further proof that internet websites will do absolutely anything to increase page-views, the recently spread rumor that Pawn Stars character “Chumlee” is dead has been proven to be a hoax. Yesterday, the site eBuzzd ran an article entitled, ” ‘Pawn Stars’ Funnyman Chumlee Dies of Apparent Heart Attack,” in which the site stated that sources revealed Chumlee, real name …

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“Marlboro Marijuana Cigarettes” A Hoax

The internet was set ablaze over the past few days following a report by Abril Uno that Phillip Morris, the largest producer of cigarettes in the world, would be dabbling marijuana. The company would supposedly be releasing marijuana cigarettes, aptly titled Marlboro M. They would be made available for legal purchase through licensed outlets in the state of Colorado, where …

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“Bikini Bridge” Hoax And What We Can Learn From It

By now you may have heard about the newest thinspo craze known as the “Bikini Bridge”. Now we’re learning that it’s really a hoax. …Or is it? It’s been pointed out that the photos featured online and in the media were very real. If you think about it, those type of poses are very familiar as ads are always featuring …

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Facebook Shutting Down Hoax Resurfaces, Inexplicably

Hey guys – read this and let me know what you think: Dear Facebook members, Facebook is supposed to be closing down March 15th because it is becoming very overpopulated. There have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active Facebook members and also many new members. We will be sending …

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