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Fake News: Meth NOT To Be Legalized In Haralson County, Georgia

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:52:56 Z)

Will methamphetamines become legal in Haralson County, Georgia by the end of 2018? No, that's not true: the only site spreading that news is a prank website where somebody uploaded a two sentence joke article. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published on Channel24News on July 10, 2018 titled "Meth to be legalized in haralson county GA - Channel 24 News" (archived here) which opened:

The household drug of choice may now be legal for sale by the end of 2018 in the west Georgia community. Voters will decide the fate of the overnight weight loss drug this fall.

Screenshot of https://channel24news.com/2018/07/meth-to-be-legalized-in-haralson-county-ga/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Meth to be legalized in haralson county GA - Channel 24 News

The household drug of choice may now be legal for sale by the end of 2018 in the west Georgia community. Voters will decide the fate of the overnight weight loss drug this fall.

The site is part of a network of prank sites operated by Korry Scherer from Milwaukee, WI. according to WHOIS data. The site lets visitors create their own realistic looking fake news stories to prank friends and family.

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The site seems to be part of a network of similar sites. So far we've found these, but there may be others:

  • channel22news.com
  • channel23news.com
  • channel24news.com
  • channel28news.com
  • channel33news.com
  • channel34news.com
  • channel40news.com
  • channel45news.com
  • channel46news.com

The sites all come with disclaimers at the bottom of each prank:

We do NOT support FAKE NEWS!!! This is a Prank website that is intended for Fun. Bullying, Violent Threats or posts that Violate Public Order are NOT permitted on this Website.

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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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