The headline uses ALL CAPSThe headline makes a claim or statement that is not backed up by any of the info the story itself.The author is not listed, or they use a pseudonym.The site does not have an About page, or the page doesn't clearly say who is behind it.You click on the About or Disclaimer page and it says the site is a "fantasy news" site or a satire site, or some other description that tells you some or all of what it publishes is not true.The story doesn't have any links.The story has links, but they don't go to credible sources you're familiar with, or they take you to homepages rather than specific articles.There are no other stories about this same story/claim in Google News.The URL pretends to be a real news site, like ABCNews.com.co.You Google the URL and get a result from Snopes.com that was false.
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Based on what you checked, this story has a headline that matches its content, links out to credible sources, has clear information about who owns it, has information found in other media, and more. We can't say it's 100% accurate but it looks credible.
Depending on which items you checked, this story may not be 100% fake, but you should be cautious. We recommend consulting more sources before believing or sharing this one.
There are several worrisome elements to this story. It's not reliable, and should not be shared. Maybe do a bit more searching online to see if you can find a credible outlet talking about this?
This is not a story you should trust or share. Take note of the URL and watch out for it in the future.
Close the tab and stay away from this site. Looks like you found something that is either completely or mostly fake.
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