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Fake News: Raising Cane's NOT Closing All Restaurants By End Of 2019

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 13 Sep 2018 21:31:20 Z)

Is restaurant chain Raising Cane's closing all restaurants by the end of 2019? No, that's not true: some joker posted a prank to a prank generator website with a misleading domain name that confuses readers into thinking it is CBS News (it is not). The story is not real, just like many other "brand X is shutting down" stories that often get posted to such sites.

The story originated from an article published to cbsnews.us (not cbsnews.com) on September 13, 2018 titled "Raising Cane's to closing all restaurants by end of 2019 " (archived here) which opened:

Raising Canes has been struggling finically with money, and are about to go into bankruptcy next month .

Screenshot of https://cbsnews.us/2018/09/13/Raising-Cane-s-to-closing-all-restaurants-by-end-of-2019/0UmFpc2luZyBDYW5l4oCZcyB0byBjbG9zaW5nIGFsbCByZXN0YXVyYW50cyBieSBlbmQgb2YgMjAxOSA=.UmFpc2luZyBDYW5lcyBoYXMgYmVlbiBzdHJ1Z2dsaW5nIGZpbmljYWxseSB3aXRoIG1vbmV5LCBhbmQgYXJlIGFib3V0IHRvIGdvIGludG8gYmFua3J1cHRjeSBuZXh0IG1vbnRoIC4=.aHR0cHM6Ly9mYXJtMi5zdGF0aWNmbGlja3IuY29tLzE4NzMvNDQ0OTE4NjMzMDFfMjAxNDk1ODZmY196LmpwZw==

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail, spelling errors and all, yet many still though it was real.

Raising Cane's to closing all restaurants by end of 2019

Raising Canes has been struggling finically with money, and are about to go into bankruptcy next month .

However the news section of the restaurant chain's own website makes no mention of this "news" and is currently even announcing the opening of a new location:

News Room

Cane's conducting fundraiser on May 31 LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (May 30, 2018) - In appreciation for the extraordinary support Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers has received from customers in Southern California, Founder & CEO Todd Graves came to town to give back.

The prank site pushing the hoax is part of a network of prank websites centered around thefakenewsgenerator.com that allow anyone to create a realistic looking fake news article. The network offers a selection of misleading domain names that can be used to make it look like an article came from real news websites such as CBS News, Associated Press or The New York Times. Each hoax article comes with following disclaimer at the top of the page:

You clicked this fake news story. Now make your own!

We wrote about cbsnews.us before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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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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