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No, China Is Not Sending a Giant Duck Army to Defeat Pakistan’s Locusts

The Associated Press published a story early this morning using reporting from Chinese-based Ningbo Evening News that Chinese authorities were deploying 100,000 ducks to Pakistan to help combat the locust swarms plaguing the country. Outlets around the world picked the ducks vs. locusts battle up before AP amended its reporting to note “questions were raised” about the Chinese report. Read More >>

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No, That’s Not A Baby Platypus

An image of a "baby platypus" has gone viral due to the fact it's extremely adorable. The reality is, though we'd love it to be real, it's definitely not a baby platypus. Read More >>

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‘Artist’ Apologises for Telling Plane Passengers He’s Infected With Coronavirus For Viral Video

A Canadian man who announced he was infected with the new coronavirus during a WestJet flight from Toronto to Jamaica on Monday says he was trying to make a viral video, according to a new report from Canada’s Global News. The plane turned around after the man, identified as 28-year-old James Potok, stood up and told other passengers that he was sick. Potok was evaluated and eventually arrested after the plane landed. Read More >>

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That Video of Farts Captured by Thermal Cameras Looking For Coronavirus is Totally Fake

Have you seen that viral video of people farting in public, captured by China’s thermal imaging cameras that are on the hunt for coronavirus? It’s completely fake. Read More >>

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Facebook and eBay Promise to Try to Make it Look Like They’re Battling Fake Reviews

The Competition and Markets Authority has got some vague assurances out of Facebook and eBay that they're going to try to clampdown on the trading of fake reviews on their platforms, with the CMA having in their hands a piece of paper that says both tech businesses will attempt to better "identify, investigate and respond to" fake feedback. Read More >>

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No, Graffiti Did Not Appear Overnight in Iran Thanking President Trump

Have you seen the photo doing the rounds on social media in the wake of the assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani? The Trump regime took credit for killing Soleimani overnight, and some conservatives claim that Iranians are thankful that Trump killed him. According to people on Twitter, the graffiti on the wall says “Thank you Trump,” supposedly tagged overnight to thank the president for killing Soleimani. But the image isn’t quite what it seems. Read More >>

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30 Viral Fakes That Defined the 2010s

The decade of the 2010s saw the rise of social media and the proliferation of digital tools that allow people to alter photos and videos. When you put those two forces together, you get a lot of fake images circulating. And these were the ones that helped define the past 10 years. Read More >>

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Fox News Freaks Out After Canadian TV Deletes Donald Trump From Home Alone 2

According to U.S. TV channel Fox News, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) deleted Donald Trump’s five-second scene from their recent broadcast of the 1992 movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. It was all anyone could talk about on conservative media yesterday, with one host on the show Fox & Friends calling it “censorship”. Read More >>

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No, China Did Not Secretly Detonate a Nuke in the South China Sea to Signal the Start of WWIII

The Chinese government has almost certainly not secretly detonated a tactical nuclear weapon in the South China Sea to send a warning signal to the United States, experts told Gizmodo, regardless of widespread claims to the contrary on social media. Read More >>

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Make Jordan Peterson Say Anything You Want With This Spooky Audio Generator

People are really freaking out about deepfake videos, the technology that can make people say things they never actually said. But what about deepfake audio? Audio spoofing has gotten very good, and there’s no better example than this website which lets you say anything you want in the voice of self-help guru and Canadian professor Jordan B. Peterson. Read More >>

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Is Twitter Notifying Users When Their Tweets Are Shared in DMs? No. What? Of Course Not.

Twitter is a lot of things, but where it consistently excels is as at being a petri dish to watch context collapse in real time. Take, for example, a very obvious joke turned nightmare scenario circulating credulously across the platform today via a celebrity news account. Read More >>

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That Viral Video of a Family Fleeing an Avalanche is Totally Fake

Have you seen that viral video of a family watching an avalanche? The dad leaves his wife and kids to die as the avalanche barrels down on them. It’s pretty funny in a twisted way. But the video is totally fake. Read More >>

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Modern Manufacturing Has Made It Nearly Impossible to Spot a Fake Rolex

At one point in time, it was easy to spot a fake Rolex, as most knock-offs used a non-mechanical Quartz movement inside that resulted in a stuttered ticking movement of the watch’s second hand. But as the experts at Watchfinder & Co. discovered, that’s far from the case today. The best Rolex fakes can be almost impossible to spot, even for expert collectors. Read More >>

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Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Fake iPhones in Scheme That Cost Apple Nearly £711,000

A Chinese national and former engineering student in the US state of Oregon pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods in a scheme that defrauded Apple out of roughly 1,500 iPhones. Read More >>

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The Buried Truth of a Key Detail Used to Defend Julian Assange

Allies of Julian Assange have been using quotes from his accusers to claim that the sexual assault charges against him are fake. One quote that’s been circulating on social media this week even says, “it was the police who fabricated the charges.” What’s the problem? The only source of the quotes is Julian Assange himself. And they may not even be direct quotes, despite being presented as such. Read More >>