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Fake News: T.D. Jakes Is NOT Dead

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:30:30 Z)

Hoax news website News 360 (meganews360.com) posted a fake news article titled "CONFIRMED: Bishop T.D. Jakes Dies In His Sleep At 59" on March 26, 2017. The fake article opens:

The most renowned African-American pastor, "T. D." Jakes reportedly dead this morninsg in his residence, Dallas, Texas. According to the Dallas Voice, the homophobic Dallas Megachurch pastor had not been ill when he died in his sleep leaving behind his wife of 61 years and five children.

The story is not true: neither the official website of the T.D. Jakes ministry nor his Facebook page have confirmed the news, and the T.D. Jakes twitter account has just tweeted less than an hour ago and makes no mention of the death of T.D. Jakes at all:


The site News 360 (meganews360.com) appears to be part of a network of fake news websites that all have normal looking front pages with some generic news stories taken from other websites but which frequently publish hoax articles on other parts of the site that aren't immediately obvious to visitors. Some sites we've identified as apparently part of the network include:

  • cbn-tv.com
  • cnn-channel.com
  • fox-news24.com
  • metro-uk.com
  • news.cbn-tv.com
  • online.read-news.com
  • states-tv.com
  • meganews360.com
  • parliaments.eu

Meanwhile the story is being shared around widely as you can see in the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article. If you notice anyone spreading the rumor around you can help by pointing them to this article here because nobody likes fake news.

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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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