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Fake News: Taylor Swift NOT Dropped From Spotify & iTunes

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:04:30 Z)

Was Taylor Swift dropped from music services Spotify and iTunes after endorsing two Democrats in the Tennessee midterm elections? No, that's not true: the claim was made up by a liberal satire page on Facebook looking to troll conservatives and Trump supporters into sharing fake news. It is not real.

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


Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/thelastlineofdefense/posts/2185106878415407

The caption on the meme read:

In response to Taylor Swift's anti-Republican remarks,

Spotify & iTunes have dropped all of her songs from their playlists.

This will cost her $millions.

However Swift is definitely still available on iTunes and also on Spotify:

Which makes sense since the Facebook page that originally published the meme has an "Info" tab that reads like this:

Nothing on this page is real. It is a collection of the satirical whimsies of liberal trolls masquerading as conservatives. You have been warned.
Use the force and the truth shall reveal itself. Just not here. Ever.
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.

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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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