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Fake News: Donald Trump's Bill To Cut Foodstamps Has NOT Been Approved

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:27:49 Z)

A fake/prank website named Channel23News published an article titled "Donald Trump's bill to cut foodstamps has been approved". The entire text of the article reads:

Hell naw. Yall trump lovers fuckn got pranked 😂 shitll never happen. Fuck u thought 😏

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Channel23News is a prank website apparently operated by a Korry Scherer from Milwaukee, WI. according to WHOIS data. The site lets visitors create their own realistic looking fake news stories to prank friends and family.

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The site seems to be part of a network of similar sites. So far we've found these, but there may be others:

  • channel22news.com
  • channel24news.com
  • channel28news.com
  • channel45news.com

The prank seems to have been wildly succesful as Trendolizer graph at the end of this article proves. But if you see anyone worrying about their foodstamps, do send them over here.

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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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