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Fake News: Evansville Twin Bridge Did NOT Collapse

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:48:21 Z)

Some random person on the internet used prank website React365 to post an article titled "Evansville twin Bridge collapse". The full text of the hoax read:

One of the twin Bridge in Evansville that crossed the Ohio River into Henderson ky is no more, construction to repair bridge was being done at the time of collapse,workers where removing and replacing old concrete on the bridge that led to bridge falling into the Ohio River around 7:30 this morning the number of vehicles on bridge is unknown at this time

None of it is true. The picture that came with the story actually shows the 2007 collapse of the I35 bridge in Minneapolis.

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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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