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BuzzFeed To Launch Fake News Spin-off, You Won't Believe What Happens Next!

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 01 Apr 2018 17:00:24 Z)

New York, NY - In a surprise move popular website BuzzFeed has announced plans to launch a fake news spin-off. In a press release distributed to fact checkers today it was revealed Craig Silverman will be the editor-in-chief of the new publication. In an exclusive conversation with Lead Stories Silverman revealed the reasons for the move:

It's quite logical if you think about it. I've written extensively about the Macedonian teenagers raking in cash by pumping out fake news with their shoddy Wordpress sites and clickbait headlines full of spelling and grammar mistakes. At the same time our own own traffic has only been going down over the past few months.


The solution was obvious: we at BuzzFeed practically invented the whole clickbait thing. So we should have no trouble outcompeting these guys at their own game. I mean, who will be able to resist gems like these?

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It is unclear when the new site will launch exactly or what the name will be but we will keep our readers updated on any new developments. We also reached out to the White House for comment but so far they haven't tweeted back yet.

Screenshot of http://buzzfeed.com

Yeah, no, that didn't really happen as you probably guessed by now.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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