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Fake News: Nude Beach NOT Coming to Marshall County on Lake Texoma

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 31 Mar 2019 21:24:28 Z)

Is a nude beach soon opening in Marshall County on Lake Texoma? No, that's not true: some joker put up a fake article about that on a prank website where anyone can create a story to fool their friends in a few clicks. The story is not real.

The story originated from an article published on Channel45News March 25, 2019 titled "Nude Beach coming to Marshall County on Lake Texoma - Channel 45 News" (archived here) which opened:

Marshall County, OK, A DECISION on whether Cumberland cove resort to be turned into a nudist beach will be made at Marshall County's Council meeting next week. The motion has been put forward by residents and land owners in the area. It is in response to an increasing number of reports about the lack of ...

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Nude Beach coming to Marshall County on Lake Texoma - Channel 45 News

Marshall County, OK, A DECISION on whether Cumberland cove resort to be turned into a nudist beach will be made at Marshall County's Council meeting next week. The motion has been put forward by residents and land owners in the area. It is in response to an increasing number of reports about the lack of ...

We found no mentions about a nude beach coming to Marshall County on Lake Texoma coming from any legitimate news source. There is also no mention about a nude beach on the website of the Lake Texoma State Park.

The site where the hoax was posted is part of a network of prank sites operated by Korry Scherer from Milwaukee, WI. according to WHOIS data. The site lets visitors create their own realistic looking fake news stories to prank friends and family.

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The site seems to be part of a network of similar sites. So far we've found these, but there may be others:

  • channel22news.com
  • channel23news.com
  • channel24news.com
  • channel28news.com
  • channel33news.com
  • channel34news.com
  • channel40news.com
  • channel45news.com
  • channel46news.com

The sites all come with disclaimers at the bottom of each prank:

We do NOT support FAKE NEWS!!! This is a Prank website that is intended for Fun. Bullying, Violent Threats or posts that Violate Public Order are NOT permitted on this Website.

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes channel45news.com as:

A website that lets users make up stories and headlines that mimic real news and share them on social media.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

We wrote about channel45news.com 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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