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Some bloggers, journalists, opinion makers, lobbyists, propagandists, politicians, governments, ... are injecting deceptive information into the public discourse online.
It operates on both, the left and the right, generating thousands of fake news articles, memes, tweets and videos.
Collectively this is undermining our public discourse by providing a warped view of the world.
Our main objective is trying to identify fake or deceptive news in the Benelux / EU.


Note : This is a one-man project / leisure activity
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is
Post-Truth, often being used by major publications without the need for clarification in their headlines.
Post-Truth is defined as an adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential than emotional appeals.


Case number : 20170108-1
Date : January 08, 2017
Country : US
Language : English , Dutch
Subject : CCN
Source : Twitter
Author : - - -
Linkadres : Tweet
News spreading medium : Social media
Reported by : - - -

Link to share this case n° :
    http://bit.ly/fact-check-20170108-1



            CNN has changed the complexion of the Oregon Shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, for the broadcast.

Claim : CNN changed the complexion for the broadcast.



Status : This story is   F A L S E




Justification : There is no proof that CNN had altered the photograph (we did not find any links or screenshots of the altered image on television).
                                Snopes has also already fact checked this post in the past : Black or White or Fake?

Remarks : It is an old story that regularly reappears on social media.
                      The story has been circulated on many sites, like TheConservativeTreeHouse and BeforeItsNews and social media.
                      View here the results on search-engine TinEye

Documents : none
Sources Consulted : n/a
Updates : none

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Case number : 20161118-1
Date : November 18, 2016
Country : US
Language : English , Dutch
Subject : Fake news
Source : Twitter / Reddit
Author : - - -
Linkadres : Article
News spreading medium : Social media
Reported by : - - -

Link to share this case n° :
    http://bit.ly/fact-check-20161118-1



            Mark Zuckerberg found dead at age 42.

Claim : Mark Zuckerberg found dead at age 42.



Status : Nevertheless, the story is obviously   F A K E   , some people still believe it !?




Justification : Er wordt overduidelijk de draak gestoken met het fake-nieuws : "His final wish was to stop fake news articles on the Facebook. Each time this post is upvoted, Facebook will donate one dollar to his son, who otherwise would live in poverty."
                                Mark Zuckerberg is 32 ipv. 42 jaar
                                Foto is van Jesse Adam Eisenberg, Amerikaanse acteur die Mark Zuckerberg speelde in de biografische dramafilm The Social Network.

Remarks : En toch ... sommigen geloven dit ?! Nochtans doet Olaf Koens zijn best om de satire ervan te laten inzien ;-)
                        Hostinger - Afb - F-C - 20161206-1 (66K)
Documents : none
Sources Consulted : n/a
Updates : none

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Case number : 20161115-1
Date : November 15, 2016
Country : Belgium
Language : Dutch
Subject : Cybergeweld
Source : Flair Zita e.a. MSM
Author : - - -
Linkadres : Article Flair Article Zita
News spreading medium (*) : Twitter
Reported by : Joy Anna Thielemans

Link to share this case n° :
    http://bit.ly/fact-check-20161115-1



            Hacker lekt privébeelden Joy Anna Thielemans

Claim : What the actual fuck?! Net binnengekregen via Snapchat. Privéfoto's die nooit online hebben gestaan( Twitter - Joy Anna Thielemans).



Status : The story is   F A L S E




Justification : De 'gelekte' beelden kaderen in een campagne om cybergeweld op vrouwen en meisjes in de aandacht te brengen.
                                Het YouTube-account : Hack_ goeroe en het e-mailadres : superbunny3000@outlook.com werd sepcifiek voor een campagne tegen cybergeweld aangemaakt.
                                De site https://superbunnysite.wordpress.com/ werd eveneens specifiek voor dit doeleinde aangemaakt.

Remarks : none
Documents : none
Sources Consulted : Joy Anna Thielemans
                                            Het Nieuwsblad
                                            respecteerons.be : "Witte lintjesactie tegen geweld op vrouwen 2016"

Updates : none



Case number : 20161112-1
Date : November 12, 2016
Country : the Netherlands
Language : Dutch
Subject : Zwarte Piet
Source : Nieuwspaal
Author : Martijn Kolleveld
Linkadres : Article
News spreading medium : Twitter
Reported by : - - -

Link to share this case n° :
    http://bit.ly/fact-check-20161112-1



            Arrestaties en boetes bij Sinterklaasintocht

Claim : Volgens getuigen werd een 6-jarig meisje door de politie verwijderd, omdat zij zich tegen alle afspraken in had geschminkt als Zwarte Piet.



Status : The story is   M O S T L Y   F A L S E




Justification : Het typetje Stanley Braafsuiker (what's in a name) wordt veelvuldig opgevoerd in zwarte pietendiscussies op satirische sites als Nieuwspaal en Zotnieuws.
                                Satire.

Remarks : Nieuwspaal is een online magazine met soms een satirisch karakter. (cfr. Disclaimer Nieuwspaal)
Documents : none
Sources Consulted : n/a
Updates : none

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Case number : 20161105-1
Date : November 05, 2016
Country : US
Language : English
Subject : US Elections
Source : the Denver Guardian
Author : - - -
Linkadres : Article (removed)
News spreading medium : Facebook
Reported by : - - -

Link to share this case n° :
    http://bit.ly/fact-check-20161105-1



            FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead

Claim : An FBI agent investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server killed himself after murdering his wife.



Status : The story is   F A L S E




Justification : The address listed for the newsroom is a parking on Colfax.
                                The domain denverguardian.com was first registered in July 2016.
                                The site looks like "The Baltimore Gazette," another fake news site.
                                The story is the only story. All the other sections are turning up errors.
                                The image used was taken of a housefire by Flickr in 2010.

Remarks : This story began circulating on Facebook at points gaining 100 shares per minute.
                        Lot of hyper-partisan news sites, spreading fake news, have been created by teens in Macedonia looking to profit off.

Documents : none
Sources Consulted : The Denver Post et al.
Updates : none

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Case number : 20161021-1
Date : October 21, 2016
Country : US
Language : English
Subject : US Elections
Source : WTOE 5 News
Author : - - -
Linkadres : Article
News spreading medium : Social media
Reported by : - - -

Link to share this case n° :
    http://bit.ly/fact-check-20161021-1



            Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President, Releases Statement.

Claim : Pope Francis has endorsed Donald Trump.



Status : The story is   F A L S E




Justification : The site WTOE 5 News no longer exists.
                                WTOE 5 News owns up to being a fake news website in its about-page.
                                WTOE 5 News is a fantasy news website, most articles are satire or pure fantasy.

Remarks : The site WTOE 5 News no longer exists.
Documents : none
Sources Consulted : n/a
Updates : none

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Daniel J. Levitin (Professor of psychology and behavioural neuroscience at McGill University) :
We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies.
It's becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff.
How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information?
Critical thinking is more necessary now than ever.
Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren't. We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives. This means checking the plausibility and reasoning-not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it.
Learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection.

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    LIST OF CASE NUMBERS


    20170108-1 CNN has changed the complexion of the Oregon Shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, for the broadcast.
    20161118-1 Mark Zuckerberg found dead at age 42.
    20161115-1 Hacker lekt privébeelden Joy Anna Thielemans
    20161112-1 Arrestaties en boetes bij Sinterklaasintocht
    20161105-1 FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead
    20161021-1 Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President, Releases Statement.




































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