There are a LOT of websites on the internet, there is a lot of information and news sites out there. But not all of the news sites are REAL news sites, there is a type of entertainment website that is known as satire. This is where made-up news is posted, some of it is very convincing, unless you look at the other articles the website has it may not even be immediately obvious they're fake, they are that good! To further confuse you they can also have a mix of real news and fabricated news.
It's not done to fool you, it's just for 'fun', recently a few people have been posting links from these sites thinking that it's real news. These stories have sparked debate, fear and anger. It's wasted energy, it's not real news!
We've tweaked the code, now if a link is shared from a known satirical (fake) news site, there will be a little red label appears next to it like in the picture.
This is to let everyone know that whoa, wait a minute, this isn't real. I don't need to get worked up over this!
This system is entirely automated, it has a list of the websites and just checks to see if the link shared is one of them, if it is it adds the caution. Staff don't know and don't care what you share, this is all for your benefit!
This is a list of the sites it currently recognises, if you know of any others please comment and I'll add them in!
- http://News-Hound.org (maybe not satirical but a lot are definitley fake)
- http://www.sott.net/ (seems to be a mixture of satire/real news with no obvious way to tell which is which)
- https://aceflashman.wordpress.com (News lifted straight from the National Reporter)
- http://odgossip.com/ - this one caught me out!
- http://nymeta.co - this site lifts stories straight from the National Report without checking them
- http://madworldnews.com/ (potentially fake stories)
Twenty and counting! Update: 21 as of March 11th 2014
30 as of July 18th 2014
35 as of Septembr 30th 2014
Update 13th August 2014, we have blocked the site 'Epoch News' as it contains malware. Not providing a link because if you click on it you're infected!