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Fake News Website YourNewsWire Renamed NewsPunch (Again) -- Possibly To Avoid Filters

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 04 Nov 2018 10:39:19 Z)

YourNewsWire used to be one of the most notorious websites spreading fake news, often by using bits and pieces of real news articles from other websites to create new articles which would then get a headline and introduction that would greatly overstate or even outright lie about what was really happening.

Earlier this year Poynter did a profile about the site:

Fact-checkers have debunked this fake news site 80 times. It's still publishing on Facebook.

Facebook's fact-checking product hasn't been a waste of time - but it hasn't exactly been a runaway success, either.

Shortly afterwards we noticed that YourNewsWire's social media reach seemed to have taken a dramatic hit:

Is Fake News Website YourNewsWire Being Throttled To Death By Facebook? | Lead Stories

Regular readers of this site are doubtlessly familiar with notorious fake news website YourNewsWire.com. Over the years we have debunked countless stories from it, and we are not the only

Screenshot of https://newspunch.com/

The trend only seems to have continued: this graph obtained through BuzzSumo shows that since early August the site kept up about the same rate of publishing but nothing the site put out seems to have gone viral anymore:

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And now it seems that since November 3, 2018 visitors to the site are being redirected to newspunch.com, which seems to be a rebranded copy of the site, with many of the articles still referencing the old name. The Twitter account associated with the old site has also been retweeting tweets with links to articles on the new domain. The Facebook page used by the owners of the site has also been posting newspunch.com links instead of yournewswire.com ones for about 24 hours now, this seems to have been the first one:

This isn't the first time the site has rebranded using that exact same name, it already happened at least once before for a brief period in 2017:

Fake News Website YourNewsWire Renames Itself As NewsPunch | Lead Stories

As of a few hours ago all links to articles on the notorious fake news website yournewswire.com seem to be getting redirected to newspunch.com. The move has not been officially

Just like that time no official announcement seems to have been made about the move.

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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