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Fake News: NO Alien Invasion, This Is NOT Real

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 06 Aug 2017 18:36:12 Z)

A facebook page called 'This Is Real' has been live-streaming the same three minute video clip the past three hours claiming an alien invasion is going on.

A real alien invasion would not have a musical soundtrack and the actual CNN is not broadcasting any of these images so it is pretty safe to say the story is fake. We also thought we recognized some of the spaceships as being from the movie Independence Day.

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The video racked up an impressive 9.3 million views already.

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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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