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Fake News: Michelle Obama DID NOT Get Rejected From Inauguration Ceremony Due to Inappropriate Dressing

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:37:52 Z)

Man, these fake news sites aren't even trying anymore. A site going by the name 'Departed' tried to spread the false rumor that (soon to be ex) First Lady Michelle Obama got rejected from the Donald Trump inauguration ceremony due to dressing inappropriately.

Normally such fake news sites go through the trouble of writing an entire article when pulling something like this. Not this time: the entire post consists of a photo and a single embedded tweet, making no reference to sources, places, times or anything else.


The tweet was probably meant as a joke and included the same picture as the article: a collage of three different Michelle Obama outfits, none of them particularily shocking or offensive:

Then again, the Twitter account that posted the tweet seems to only have joined twitter last month and has regularily posted links to stories on the aforementioned 'Departed' site so it is likely that it was created by the site owners as a way to promote their own articles.

You can follow the spread of this fake news story by checking back regularily and watching this graph created using Trendolizer change over time:

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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