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Fake News: Dollar Tree NOT To Close All Stores By October 1st 2017

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:38:27 Z)

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Prank website React365 was used by some joker to post an article titled "Dollar Tree to close all stores Oct 1,2017". The full text of the prank simply read:

This is a corporate decision,all employees will be paid their wages until Dec.24th. Spokesman said "we are just losing money too fast by selling so cheap. Read more by clicking the link

Of course there was no actual link to click on, just a huge "Share on Facebook" button. It seems many people mistook that button for a "read more" link and shared the story anyway after realizing their mistake.


React365 is a prank website where users can submit their own headline, description and photo to create realistic looking prank news articles.


Users don't even need to upload their own image, there is a built-in search function that will pull an appropriate image from Google image search.

So if you encounter anyone sharing this 'news' as true on social media, you can safely value their opinion at $0 or less.


: The site that published this prank is the same one that made hundreds of thousands of people believe child support was ending at the end of 2017.

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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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