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Fake News: BFMTV Did NOT Report Wearing Yellow Vests is Now Banned Until Further Notice

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:35:40 Z)

Did an BFMTV broadcast in France show a caption that read "Interdiction porter un gilet jaune jusque'à novel ordre" ("It is forbidden to wear a yellow vest until further instructions")? No, that's not true: the image was faked by a Belgian satire website that often doctors BFMTV screenshots.

The image appeared in an article published on December 1, 2018 titled "Sela vient d'être diffusé sur BFMTV !" (archived here) and it looked like this:


Screenshot of https://nordpresse.be/sela-vient-detre-diffuse-bfmtv/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they may have thought it was a real screenshot:

Sela vient d'être diffusé sur BFMTV !


But Le Journal Du Nord (nordpresse.be) is a satirical website that was set up to mock the (real) sudpresse.be (since renamed sudinfo.be), a Belgian media group. They were involved in a lawsuit with each other in 2017 which was eventually won by NordPresse. It is run by Vincent Flibustier who also offers media training about fake news on his website, he knows what he is talking about.

They have sort of a disclaimer in their header that reads:

Toute l'information vérifiée par nos analystes simiens

Translated: "all information verified by our monkey analysts".

We wrote about nordpresse.be 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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