Hoax Alert

Fake News King Paul Horner Launches New Website Named My Phoenix Daily

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:00:08 Z)

Paul Horner is a fake news writer and comedian who is said to have influenced the U.S. Presidential Election with his hoaxes. And a few hours ago he revealed a new website named My Phoenix Daily (archived here) via a tweet on a fake Donald Trump twitter account he created last year:

(tweet archived here)

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The @WHDonaldTrump twitter account is obviously not Donald Trump's real twitter account (@RealDonaldTrump is). Notice the lack of verification checkmark and the linked site DonaldJTrump.com.co (NSFW) which was registered in Paul Horner's own name according to WHOIS data:

DOMAIN INFORMATION
Domain:donaldjtrump.com.co
Registrar:MARCARIA.COM INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Registration Date:2015-12-07
Expiration Date:2017-12-06
Updated Date:2016-10-18
Status:clientTransferProhibited
Name Servers:ns1.superofficialnews.com
ns2.superofficialnews.com
REGISTRANT CONTACT
Name:Paul Horner
Organization:Paul Horner
Street:402 North 10th Street
City:Phoenix
State:Arizona

Right now there are no "real" fake news stories on the site yet, just some filler content including one article copied from mericaland.com (another of Horner's creations). The site appears to be masquerading as a local news outlet for Phoenix, Arizona, a tactic often used by fake news websites.

WHOIS domain information shows that myphoenixdaily.com was only registered two weeks ago and uses nameservers at superofficialnews.com, another of Horner's domains:

DOMAIN INFORMATION
Domain:myphoenixdaily.com
Registrar:1&1 Internet SE
Registration Date:2017-07-31
Expiration Date:2018-07-31
Updated Date:2017-09-05
Status:clientTransferProhibited
Name Servers:ns1.superofficialnews.com
ns2.superofficialnews.com

We already noticed last week that Horner had seemingly returned from retirement by launching a new Banksy arrest hoax. It remains to be seen what Horner is planning with the new site, we will keep watching it and let you know as soon as we find out. You can read more about Horner's previous exploits in his own words here.

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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