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UPDATE: Now Restored - Christopher Blair's Satirical Fake News Website America's Last Line of Defense Blocked For Spamming By Facebook

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:53:44 Z)

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Another one of Christopher Blair's websites bites the dust. Lead Stories just learned that links to any article on the website "America's Last Line of Defense" are now considered "spam" by Facebook. The website in question was satirical in nature with several disclaimers, hints and warnings spread all over the page (including in the header). It published over-the-top fake stories designed to trick conservatives and Trump supporters into sharing them so fans of the site could then mock them on Facebook.

Links to stories on the site were usually posted on a series of Facebook pages run by the site owner on which he had built up large fanbases of Trump supporters and conservatives attracted via custom advertising.

However sometimes links to the stories were also posted outside those pages. Only yesterday a nonsensical article consisting mainly of keywords designed to trigger conspiracy-minded people was published and subsequently posted in at least one Facebook group for Trump supporters, possibly leading to complaints about spamming:

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Screenshot of https://americaslastlineofdefense.org/

Peope trying to share a link to any part of the site are now greeted with messages like this (example collected on Messenger):

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This isn't the first of Blair's sites to undergo this fate, an earlier version of the website was taken down in a similar fashinon:

Facebook Blocks Satirical Fake News Site The Resistance: The Last Line Of Defense | Lead Stories

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below. Facebook has blocked the sharing of links from the infamous satirical fake news website " The Resistance: The Last Line Of Defense" as of a few hours ago.

And another one:

Facebook Blocks Another Chris Blair Satire Site | Lead Stories

Visitors to Freedum Junkshun, one of Chris Blair's (in)famous satirical fake news sites, reportedly can no longer share links from the site on Facebook. We tested it ourselves and were greeted by this message: It is quite strange how a page that doesn't even exist and which returns a 404 error can be considered spam: http://freedumjunkshun.com/thislinkdoesnotexist.

The latest version of the site came (and still comes) with a clear satire disclaimer at the bottom of each article:

sat·ire ~ˈsaˌtī(ə)r
noun
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, OR ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
If you disagree with the definition of satire or have decided it is synonymous with "comedy," you should really just move along.

The owner and main writer of the site is self-professed liberal troll Christopher Blair, a man from Maine who has made it his full time job to troll gullible conservatives and Trump supporters into liking and sharing his articles. He runs several other websites, including potatriotpost.us, dailyworldupdate.us and nofakenewsonline.us. Sometimes he is also known under his nickname "Busta Troll". A second man working on the sites is John Prager as revealed in this earlier story we wrote.

Articles from Blair's sites frequently get copied by "real" fake news sites who often omit the satire disclaimer and any other hints the stories are fake. Blair has tried to get these sites shut down in the past but new ones keep cropping up and he keeps knocking them down.

If you see one of his stories on a site that does not contain a satire disclaimer, assume it is fake news. If you do see the satire disclaimer it is of course also fake news.

Updates:

: The ban has been lifted approximately three hours ago. According to messages from Facebook support posts containing links to the site "did not violate community standards".

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.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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