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Fake News: Tara McClossoff Did NOT Introduce Bill to Ban Seniors From Voting

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:49:22 Z)

Did a democrat by the name of Tara McClossoff introduce a bill to ban seniors from voting? No, that's not true: an image making that claim was spread through a viral Facebook message put out by a satire page. Tara McClossoff does not exist.

The story originated from a post published on by a Facebook page named "America's Last Line of Defense" (archived here) with following text: "You're not good for democracy,McC .....whatever!!!😡". The text in the image itself read:

Dem Tara McClosssoff has introduced a bill to bar seniors from voting. "They're very gullible and wind up voting based on fake news. That's not good for democracy." Share to tell her how wrong she is!

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/thelastlineofdefense/photos/2265119990414095

This is the image in question:


But the woman pictured is not even American. She is Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk:

Tara McClosssoff is just a pun that sounds like ''tear my clothes off".

The Facebook page that put out the meme has a disclaimer on the front page that says:

Nothing on this page is real. Not a bit of it. Please don't use our page in conjunction with Google or the news, it will only serve to confuse you further.

Ironically thousands of seniors unironically shared this bit of fake news as real, thus proving the point the creator was probably trying to make.

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.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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