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29 Hoaxes We Debunked In 2018

This was the year of Monster ham, the Gorilla Channel, and a whole lot of anti-immigrant hoaxes.


In 2018, American Tech Companies Acknowledged The Mess They’d Created In India

Silicon Valley at last conceded this year that things in India and other developing markets were far from rosy.

How To Stop Fake News In A Country Where The President Has To Repeatedly Deny Rumors That He Is Dead

The spread of misinformation in Nigeria is threatening to upend its upcoming elections, so Nigerian journalists have united across newsrooms to fight it.


If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You're Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about the Oscars, Christmas, and sex on a pyramid.

26 People Who Actually Fell For Fake News In 2018

Or, 26 people who've never heard of The Onion.

Das sind 8 der erfolgreichsten Falschmeldungen auf Facebook 2018

Es war ein erfolgreiches Jahr für Lügen, Hetze und Fakes.

"Yellow Vests" Are Sharing So Many Conspiracy Theories About The Strasbourg Shooting That Facebook Groups Are Locking Their Comments

Massively viral Facebook groups that were already extremely polarized and paranoid went into full-on meltdown on Tuesday night.


Find Out If You Got Duped By The Internet With This Week's Fake News Quiz

This week we have stories about the French protests, Donald Trump, and a baby born from a dead woman's uterus.


Find Out If You Got Duped By The Internet With This Week's Fake News Quiz

This week we have stories about a mini Ice Age, a gender-reveal party, and a very large steer.

The Viral Photo Of A Mother Fleeing At The Border Is Now Fodder For More Conspiracy Theories

This is just one of the hoaxes that keeps spreading about the migrant caravan weeks after it departed from Honduras.

Something As Simple As A Photo Can Trick You Into Believing Fake News

These are the ways our understanding of truth can be manipulated.

Fox News Isn't A Normal Media Company. We Have To Stop Treating It Like One.

Liberals have spent decades complaining about, mocking, and fact-checking Fox News. Instead, we should remove it from polite society.


If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You're Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about the Queen, the California wildfires, and a bedazzled pigeon.

Trump Is Tweeting Bogus Claims Of Voter Fraud. Here’s How His False Claims Echo Online Conspiracies.

"It's more likely that people are stricken by lightning than if they impersonate someone at the polls."


If You Get 7/7 On This Fake News Quiz, You're A Superhero

This week's stories are all about voter fraud, the midterms, and a dead pimp in Nevada.

Election Officials Asked Twitter To Remove A Video Falsely Claiming Voter Fraud, But The Company Refuses

“Twitter’s open and real-time nature is a powerful antidote to the spreading of all types of false information,” a spokesperson said.

There Was No Midterm Misinformation Crisis Because We've Democratized Propaganda

Years of algorithmically powered information warfare have ALREADY rewired our political discourse.

India’s Government Wants WhatsApp To Reveal The Locations And Phone Numbers Of People Using It For Real-World Violence

The government is pressing the instant messenger for traceability after mobs who fell for hoaxes spread through the app resulted in deadly violence.


If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You’re Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about spiders, the bomb packages, and Ross from Friends.

Twitter Is Promoting Baseless Conspiracy Theories About The Pipe Bomb Devices Sent To Democratic Leaders And CNN

#FAKEBOMBSCARE, #FakeBombs, and #FalseFlag appeared alongside #BombScare.

CNN's President Criticized Trump After A Pipe Bomb Was Sent To CNN's Headquarters

"There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media," Jeff Zucker said.


If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You’re Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about a fake moon, global warming, and Ariana Grande.

As Facebook Shows Off Its "Election War Room," A Massive WhatsApp Scandal Hits Brazil

The timing of Facebook's announcement throws into question how serious the company is about actually fighting misinformation in Brazil's election.

Everything I Wrote Was True And Accurate. So Why Did Facebook Purge My Work?

It's absurd that Facebook thinks it can define what is “legitimate" news, given its well-documented abuses of power and invasions of privacy.

Twitter Just Published Millions Of Russia- And Iran-Linked Tweets So Researchers Can Study Election Interference

“It is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease,” Twitter said in a new blog post.

They Posted An Ad On Craigslist Looking For "Linestanders" For A Trump Rally. Then All Hell Broke Loose.

The union organization that posted the ad has been getting hate from the left and the right.

Das sind die Falschmeldungen, Fakes und Lügen im Netz zur Landtagswahl in Bayern

BuzzFeed News will mit eurer Hilfe Falschmeldungen und Fakes zur Landtagswahl in Bayern sammeln.

This Election Offered A Window Into WhatsApp's Wild, Sometimes Fact-Free World

"What we do know is that people trust the information they see in a WhatsApp group and are more likely to read every message that comes into the platform."

Everything You Need To Know About Jair Bolsonaro, The "Donald Trump Of Brazil"

Bolsonaro has been called one of the most dangerous politicians in the world — and at the end of the month, he may become the next president of Brazil.

Facebook Will Set Up An Election Task Force In India Ahead Of Major Elections

The US tech company has promised action after experts criticized it for not doing enough to prevent abuse on its platform in key growth markets.

The Son Of "Brazil's Trump" Asked People To Share Photos Of Voting Machines To Fight Fraud. The Only Problem Is, That's Illegal.

Supporters are also posting photos of their guns next to voting machines, which is...also not great.

The Feds Just Asked The Woman Who Started A Facebook Cabbage Juice Cult To Remove False Claims From Her Website

“Jilly juice” creator Jillian Epperly has received a formal warning from the FTC, five months after Ohio authorities demanded that she send them proof of her claims.

Why A New Fake News Law In Singapore Could Be A Big Test For Facebook, Google, And Twitter

Government hearings in Singapore put Facebook under intense scrutiny and have paved the way for a new fake news law in the country. That has human rights organizations and activists concerned.


If You Get Less Than 5/7 On This Quiz, You're Drowning In Fake News

This week: phallic buildings, weed jokes, and horse-eating alligators.

Facebook Just Met With Reps From Myanmar, The Philippines, And Sri Lanka To Discuss Its Global Misinformation Problem

The embattled social network discussed enforcing individualized, region-specific policies after learning about cultural differences that make certain countries particularly vulnerable.

Safari’s “Siri Suggested” Search Results Highlighted Conspiracy Sites And Fake News

The Siri Suggested recommendation feature inside Safari promoted Pizzagate videos, Holocaust denier articles, and debunked race science posts.

Reddit's Largest Pro-Trump Subreddit Appears To Have Been Targeted By Russian Propaganda For Years

A handful of articles from websites with connections to Russia's infamous troll factory have been shared thousands of times on /r/The_Donald.

WhatsApp Has Appointed Someone To Handle Complaints From Indian Users After It Was Blamed For Fueling Violence

Indian law requires tech companies operating in the country to have a grievance officer, but despite having more than 200 million users in India, WhatsApp only appointed one at the end of August.


If You Get 7/7 On This Quiz, Fake News Will Never Fool You

This week we have stories about floods, marine animals, and weird agriculture.

News Podcast: The Sketchy Trump Tower Meeting Just Got Sketchier

News podcast about the suspicious money transactions that happened 11 days after the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, fake news this week, and recommendations from the newsroom.

Here's A Running List Of Hoaxes And Scams About Hurricane Florence

Old hoaxes are coming back to target the storm.

The Fake Newsletter: Hurricane Misinformation Playbook

Here are some of the Hurricane Florence fakes to watch out for.

Group Chat Podcast: Far-Right Propaganda Spreads In Europe

News podcast about the rise of the alt-right in Germany and this week's headlines.

Morning Update: How To Close The Book On Fake News Fairy Tales

Here's how fake news and other online trash spreads — and what you can do about it. Your BuzzFeed News newsletter, Sept. 11.


If You Get 7/7 On This Quiz, You Are A Fake News–Fighting Superhero

This week we have stories about Nike, Nike, algae, and then more Nike.

News Podcast: Kavanaugh's Hearings And France's Anti-Vaxxers

News podcast about the Supreme Court nomination hearings, measles outbreaks in Europe, and fake news this week.

How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War

"We were seduced, we were lured, we were hooked, and then, when we became captive audiences, we were manipulated to see what other people — people with vested interests and evil motives of power and domination — wanted us to see."


Take This Quiz To Find Out How Easily You Fall For Online Bullshit

This week we have stories about Google, George Orwell, and Korean pop music.

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