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Fake News: Jean Poole Productions Did NOT Pull Their Taylor Swift World Tour Promotion

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 09 Oct 2018 08:52:50 Z)

Did a company named "Jean Poole Productions" pull their promotion of Taylor Swift's upcoming world tour? No, that's not true: the company doesn't even exist, it was all made up by a liberal satire page on Facebook looking to troll conservatives and Trump supporters. It is not real.

The story originated from a meme post published on October 9, 2018 by a Facebook page named "America's Last Line Of Defense " (archived here) with following text:

HOW IS THIS HAPPENING SO FAST??

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/thelastlineofdefense/posts/2185170468409048

The full text on the meme image in the post read:

Jean Poole Productions has pulled their promotion of Taylor Swift's upcoming world tour!

In a statement, they say, "anti-Americanism is not something we can support"

However there is no company named "Jean Poole Productions" (although it sounds suspiciously like "Gene Pool" when you say it out loud) and the page that initially posted the meme has following description on their "Info" tab:

Info
Nothing on this page is real. It is a collection of the satirical whimsies of liberal trolls masquerading as conservatives. You have been warned.
Colofon
Use the force and the truth shall reveal itself. Just not here. Ever.
Producten
Good Old Fashioned Liberal Troll Provided Fantasy presented as comedy to the left and a social experiment to the right. Please don't hurt the Trumpanzees. they'll be gone in a few years back to the shadows from whence they came and we'll be back to trolling Tea Turds.

Note: there does appear to be a VJ named Jean Poole in Melbourne, Australia but he doesn't have anything to do with this.

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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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