The truth is out there. And by “out there” I mean anywhere but the internet. We see hundreds of images flash in front of our eyes every month. But these are the ones you might have seen recently that deserve a second look. Because they’re all fake.
Last year we debunked dozens of fake photos on the internet. So you might be wondering how 2016 might stack up in terms of volume. Well, it’s only January and this enormous fake-photo Xerox machine we like to call “the internet” shows no signs of depleting its pixelated toner anytime soon.
Before you retweet some hilariously indignant missive from Donald Trump, we suggest you look a bit closer. Granted, Trump is known for saying outlandish things on Twitter. But there are so many fake Trump Twitter accounts, you might be retweeting a “parody” account.
There’s a lottery meme on Facebook claiming that if we just divided the current Powerball jackpot evenly, every American would get $4.3 million. But that’s not right at all. Why? Simple math:
The Clinton Presidential Library recently released transcripts between President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair dating back from the 1990s. The real conversations are candid and illuminating. But many transcripts that are being passed around on social media are fake.
The internet is fascinated with a peculiar clip of a girl riding her hoverboard around a pool on Christmas Day. She falls off. The hoverboard goes swimming. She dives in after it. This has to be some sort of viral marketing bullshit, right?
A lot of news outlets are enraged about tweets by Ammon Bundy, the leader of a group that’s currently “occupying” a bird sanctuary building in Oregon. The only problem? Bundy doesn’t have a Twitter account.
A list of fun facts about the year 1915 has gone viral. But many items on the list are false or misleading. As we’ve seen time and again, never trust the internet for your fun facts. It’s all lies.
We debunked dozens of fake photos this year, covering everything from Charles Manson’s baby photos to John Lennon’s skateboarding skills, and everything in between. It was another busy year for anyone spreading fake images on the internet.
There’s a meme going around in conservative social media circles showing Margaret Sanger speaking at a KKK rally. The photo is fake. But... the reproductive rights activist really did address a meeting of KKK members in 1926.
Tis the season. The season for political fakery. Canada has a new Prime Minister, Britain’s got a new face to its opposition party, and Trump... well, Trump’s got whatever Trump’s got.
Did you hear the news that Yelp was suing South Park? Or that Breaking Bad was coming back for another season? Neither is true. But you can blame one website for starting these fake rumors: NBC.com.co, a “parody” site with no affiliation to NBC. And NBC wants them to stop.
Did you see that video of a fish “coming back to life” as a woman was eating it? It’s half-bullshit, much like half the viral videos on the internet.
Some days it feels like everything on the internet is fake. And I’m here to tell you to trust that instinct.
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the fantastic feats of Chill Pope! Today, he’s showing off a classic: The old ‘yank a tablecloth, leaving everything else on the table undisturbed’ trick. It’s a miracle! Except that it’s totally fake.
We’ve debunked it before, but this photo just won’t go away. The 1948 picture above doesn’t show Albert Einstein with his therapist. The guy Einstein’s meeting with is Cord Meyer, Jr., president of the United World Federalists. Meyer, a CIA operative, was merely discussing world politics with the famed scientist.
Sometimes it feels like half of the internet is just fake photos. Whether it’s Elvis cutting Johnny Cash’s hair (FAKE), Hillary Clinton posing next to someone in an ‘I’m With Stupid’ t-shirt (FAKE) or John Lennon on a skateboard (FAKE FAKE FAKE), we’re breaking down the latest fakes swirling around the internet.
Fakes here! Fakes there! Fakes everywhere! Today we have five more photos you may have seen passing through the giant digestive tract known as the internet recently. But don’t be fooled. These are all fake.
Dr. Oz taped a special episode of his show today to defend against accusations that he’s full of shit. The episode doesn’t air until Thursday but, spoiler alert: Dr. Oz is still full of shit.