10 More Viral Photos That Are Actually Fake

The fakes just keep on coming. And frankly it's hard to keep up with all the internet-fueled deception. Today we're taking a look at a few more dubious images that you may have seen floating around the web recently. Punking Putin? Airplane selfies? Rocket to Uranus? Fake, fake, and definitely fake. » 4/01/14 12:20pm 4/01/14 12:20pm

How LIVR Fooled the World (And Why the World Probably Deserved It)

One of the hottest new apps set to debut this week at SXSW, that annual intermingling of tenuous ideas and easy money, was LIVR, a social network exclusively for drunk people. Media and investors alike lined up to laud it. The only problem? As we first reported yesterday, LIVR was an elaborate hoax. Now it's time to… » 3/08/14 4:25pm 3/08/14 4:25pm

The LIVR Hoax: Everybody's Favorite New Drunkbro App Is Fake

Yesterday, the developers of an app called LIVR began cold-calling tech writers. The pitch was fun! A social network you can only access when you're drunk, thanks to a breathalyzer accessory. If it seems like the platonic ideal of SXSW catnip, that's because it was engineered to be exactly that. LIVR is a hoax. » 3/07/14 12:42pm 3/07/14 12:42pm

A Century-Old Prosthesis So Advanced Even an Expert Thought It Was Fake

In our quest to rid the world of fun and joy, we've done a number of posts fact-checking viral images. Sometimes we'll come across an image that just doesn't smell right, and enlist the help of experts to determine its authenticity. And sometimes, even the experts aren't quite sure. » 2/13/14 1:01pm 2/13/14 1:01pm

8 Viral Sochi Olympics Photos That Are Total Lies

Thousands of images are pouring out of Sochi in the lead-up to the Olympics. And things don't look great. There are unfinished buildings, a lack of winter weather, and an abundance of trash. But don't believe every image you see. Like so much of what gets passed on social media these days, a lot of them aren't exactly… » 2/06/14 2:53pm 2/06/14 2:53pm

Inside the Fakes Factory: My Chat With a Viral Image Creator

It's an astounding sight: Buddha carved into a tall rock formation at the Ngyen Khag Taktsang Monastery in China. People talked breathlessly about how they visited the place, saw it with their own eyes. Except that they didn't. Because it's a fake. And this is the guy who faked it. » 2/04/14 1:19pm 2/04/14 1:19pm

How A Holocaust Denier Fooled The Internet With Nazi Jetpack Soldiers

One of the great accomplishments of Nazi Germany's war machine was a jetpack that propelled their soldiers into the sky. It was a fantastical device whose story has been told many times on the web and it would be even more impressive if it weren't the propaganda of a Holocaust denier disguised as history. » 5/02/13 1:01pm 5/02/13 1:01pm

How I Fooled the Internet into Thinking This Fake Sony Nexus Phone Was …

As far as I know, nothing of any notable significance occurred on Monday, October 15, 2012. The social web was still abuzz from the spectacular achievement in human ingenuity from the night before, brought to you by Red Bull and science. People continued to predictably politick and Rainn Wilson did an AMA. However, for … » 10/19/12 5:20pm 10/19/12 5:20pm

That New "Donda Media" Site Is Fake As Hell (Updated)

Everyone's chattering about Whodat.biz, the new site claiming to be from Kanye West's insane tech startup Donda. By everybody, I mean The Washington Post and Twitter, which went bezerker over it, and, well, us. But Whodat.biz? Oh come on, now. If this ain't a hoax, I'll eat Kanye's doo-doo. » 3/28/12 5:30pm 3/28/12 5:30pm