Around 9:30pm EST last night, Mark Zuckerberg really pushed the limits of a Friday night news dump when he posted Facebook’s new plan for dealing with fake news, which includes vague notes on “warnings” and “disrupting fake news economics.” Again, the social media mogul mostly communicated that he would just like us…
Following internal questioning from employees prior to last Tuesday’s election and upper-level rumination post-election, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made his official statement on whether or not the social media network that is “not a media company” adversely influenced the election. His conclusion: Nope,…
Twitter is a fun website because it’s the perfect mix of news media, comedians, white nationalists and ISIS—meaning jokes, horrifying Pepe memes and actual pieces of breaking news share the same weight in your feed.
Yesterday, we wrote about a YouTube video called “Hi Walter! I got a new gf today!” It had recently gone viral, and a theory emerged that it may have been connected to the 2009 disappearance of Kayla Berg, a Wisconsin teenager. Police announced they were investigating the video on Monday, but late last night, the…
Yesterday, a story about the origins of a beautiful cake that read “Sorry I Tased You” went viral. It was debunked last night, but the truth remained elusive. Today, we bring you the real story behind the infamous cake.
We’re not an hour into tonight’s most historic presidential debate, and Donald Trump is already telling boldfaced lies about his record on climate change. Apparently, he no longer remembers describing global warming as a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. The internet, however, does.
The conservative website DCLeaks, which just leaked former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s hilarious and embarrassing emails, claims it’s gotten ahold of an image of Michelle Obama’s passport. But there’s one small problem: It looks super fake.
Danh Van Le is a YouTube Star whose more recent viral exploits have made him a menace to society. On July 5, 2015, Van Le and some cohorts shot museum heist hoax videos at two separate galleries in London for his YouTube channel Trollstation. One woman reportedly fainted while onlookers ran from the scene. Today,…
A sonar reading recently revealed a previously unseen trench at the bottom of Loch Ness. Located about nine miles east of Inverness, it looks just large enough for Nessie to hide in. Or more plausibly, it’s yet another attempt by the locals to keep the myth alive—and the tourists flocking to the lake.
On this very night in 1938, Orson Welles’s production of the H. G. Wells classic, The War of the Worlds, convinced many unwary radio listeners that a Martian invasion was underway. The next day, Welles told reporters he was deeply sorry for scaring people—and you can watch his “apology” below.
This extraordinary image of an apparent floating city has created a stir among conspiracy theorists, but a well-known optical illusion is the likely explanation for the phenomenon.
We all like to think we can spot a real from a fake. But a new study by researchers from the the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul suggests that, actually, we’re pretty awful at telling a real digital photo from a fake.
“And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems confirmed”. The image in question purported to show a group of Syrian refugees holding ISIS flags and attacking German police officers.
Late last month, news emerged that two European men had discovered a Nazi ghost train in Poland. Now, a pair of ground-penetrating radar images have apparently leaked, purportedly showing the train buried underground—including what appears to be a row of tanks.
The birth of America’s Spiritualist movement can be traced back to a quiet hamlet in rural New York and the popping joints of two little girls. It began in 1848, when sisters Kate and Margaret Fox of Hydesville, New York decided to play a prank on their superstitious mother.
Basil Valentine, or Basilius Valentinius, was the name of a distinguished and learned Benedictine monk, who wrote treatises on medicinal compounds and alchemy. Except there’s no record that this monk ever existed.
The stereotypical internet troll is sitting at home bored, primarily interested in shit-disturbing for chaos’ sake. But in Russia, trolling has been professionalized, with troll workers paid for full-time stints perpetuating hoaxes and trash-talking online.
Now that social media sites have your attention, they’d like to have your trust. Today LinkedIn filed a patent for a fact-checking system, in yet another sign that people are simply fed up with the internet’s lies. And social media platforms are trying to do something about it.
The history of science has its share of biological frauds, cases where people fabricated an imaginary organism and passed it off as real, or lied about an organism's behavior. Every now and then, however, a creature that is suspected of being a hoax turns out to be real.