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Fake News: Will Smith IS NOT Leaving America With His Family Never To Come Back

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:15:04 Z)

Notorious fake news website trueamericans posted an article with the title "BREAKING: Will Smith leave America with family, and never come back." (mistakes left intact intentionally). That is also the body of the entire hoax article...

Now this is a story all about how
Some fake news got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how I debunked this rumor about the Prince of Bel-Air

  • Trueamericans is not a real news website. Almost all of their headlines contain spelling errors and the site is riddled with advertising popups.
  • There is no source anywhere in the article.
  • No other website is reporting on the 'news'. Sites like TMZ.com would be all over an announcement like this.

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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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