Hoax Alert

Fake News: Alabama Quarterback Jalen Hurts NOT Confirmed As A Transgender

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:26:53 Z)

Notorious prank website React365 was used to post an article titled "Alabama QB confirmed as a transgender". The full text of the hoax read:

After months of speculation, it has been confirmed a Houston Texas hositpal that university of Alabama quarterback was a female. Should Hurts be allowed to continue to play NCAA football?? Only time will tell

It speaks for itself that the story is completely made up and Jalen Hurts is a man.

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

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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.

The site is part of a larger network of prank sites all using the same basic layout but sometimes in different languages. It appears to be run by a Belgian company named Mediavibes or Media Vibes which is managed by a man named Nicolas Gouriou according to registration records.

So don't fall for this prank now that we've warned you about it!

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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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