How to Spot Fake News 101
Did you hear.. About Leonardo DiCaprio passing through Sarnia?
Me neither because….IT NEVER HAPPENED.
(Still love ya Leo. You’re still welcome here anytime!)
BUT THAT’S NOT GOING TO STOP A SELF-ADMITTED FAKE NEWS SITE
FROM POSTING A VIRAL STORY CLAIMING THAT HE DID.
Nor does it stop 23 people on my friends list on Facebook from passing the story
around excitedly (well okay, at least half of you were skeptical, and for that I
Leonardo DiCaprio Had This to Say About Sarnia, Ontario Residents,
reads the headline. Okay.. let’s see what else it says:
“During a radio interview this morning, Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio took a moment to praise Sarnia, Ontario residents who had helped him with a mechanical issue with his rental car as he passed through the city recently”.
Well it certainly wasn’t here on K106.3 or I’d be wearing Leo’s face on a shirt.
“Not I..” said our brother station, CHOK.
“Not I ” said The Fox.
Okay, maybe he’s on L.A. Radio talking about little old Sarnia.. or not….
“ I’m telling you, these people in Sarnia are the real deal. I’m going to move there
after I retire,” DiCaprio said with a laugh.”
(Laying it on a little thick there aren’t you “Leo”?)
And, it’s Mythbusters time:
It’s simple really. Wherever you see the word SARNIA in the story,
there is a piece of code which reads your modem/computer’s IP address and
then inserts the locationof the IP address into the story.
It’s like when pornstar SASCHA GREY shows up along that row of adverts on
your Facebook that says “FIND SINGLES IN SARNIA ONTARIO”
The website in question even comes out honestly and admits its fake, where?
In the website’s menu bar is a big button labelled “Disclaimer” which leads to this:
” Wyne8. (DOT-WHATEVER) s a satirical and fantasy website.
None of the articles on (DOT WHATEVER) should be considered
true and are simply works of satire or fantasy meant for
If we all get better at not clicking on these fake stories, that will mean less
clicks and less cash for the makers of the site, less ad views and less of these
moronic fake headlines. In theory.
Or else you get crap like this: