All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘hoaxes’

No, a Drone Didn’t Crash into an Airplane

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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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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Hugh Hefner Falls Victim to Internet Death Hoax

Like many before him and still many more to come, Playboy Hugh Hefner was recently killed – by the Internet. Over the weekend, an article appeared on the site nbctoday.co claiming that Hefner had died of natural causes at the Playboy Mansion on Sunday morning. The article spread like wildfire across social media, amassing hundreds of thousands of Facebook shares …

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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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