Facebook’s New Plan to Deal With Fake News is Too Vague and Too Late

Around 2.30 am on Saturday morning (9.30 pm Friday EST), Mark Zuckerberg really pushed the limits of a Friday night news dump when he posted Facebook’s new plan for dealing with fake news, which includes vague notes on “warnings” and “disrupting fake news economics”. Again, the social media mogul mostly communicated that he would just like us to trust him. Read More >>

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That Secret 3D Scan of Nefertiti’s Bust Was a Hoax 

Last month, Gizmodo and other outlets reported on artists who had secretly 3D scanned Nefertiti’s Bust, making it available for anyone to 3D print. Well, we were fooled—it appears it was a hoax, and the scan is not new. Read More >>

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That Knife-Wielding Crab Video is a Hoax

Did you see that video of a knife-wielding crab that went viral recently? Sadly, it’s a hoax. As part of totally necessary investigation, The Washington Post spoke with an expert, and the whole thing was definitely staged. The crab didn’t pick up the knife itself. In reality, the blade was almost certainly jammed into the crab’s claw, and the crab can’t let go. Read More >>

Undiscovered Crevice at the Bottom of Loch Ness is Big Enough to Hide a Monster

A sonar reading recently revealed a previously unseen trench at the bottom of Loch Ness. Located about nine miles east of Inverness, it looks just large enough for Nessie to hide in. Or more plausibly, it’s yet another attempt by the locals to keep the myth alive—and the tourists flocking to the lake. Read More >>

What Actually is… the Sussex Bigfoot?

The agricultural hotbed of the South Downs is at the centre of a media storm at the moment, with local journalists pretending that a blurry black lump spotted in the woods might be some sort of... of... monster. Read More >>

Freaky Illusion Gives the Impression of a Floating City in the Clouds

This extraordinary image of an apparent floating city has created a stir among conspiracy theorists, but a well-known optical illusion is the likely explanation for the phenomenon. Read More >>

Study: You Suck at Spotting Fake Images

We all like to think we can spot a real from a fake. But a new study by researchers from the the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul suggests that, actually, we’re pretty awful at telling a real digital photo from a fake. Read More >>

Six Easy Ways to Tell if That Viral Story is a Hoax

“And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems confirmed”. The image in question purported to show a group of Syrian refugees holding ISIS flags and attacking German police officers. Read More >>

Shutdownify is Fake

On Wednesday a website called Shutdownify.com went viral on Twitter. The site supposedly allowed tech startups facing a shutdown to craft an automated notice about their imminent demise. Shutdownify itself announced that it was closing shop. But the site is 100 per cent fake. Read More >>

Man Denies Complaining About Masturbating Mario Happy Meal Toy

An apparently furious father who claimed a Mario 'Happy Meal' toy appeared to be making gestures associated with pleasuring oneself over images of female popstars is the victim of a prank, it's claimed, with a friend somehow tricking the national press into thinking a dad thought a toy was being rude. Read More >>

The Professional Hoax Trolls of St. Petersburg 

The stereotypical internet troll is sitting at home bored, primarily interested in shit-disturbing for chaos’ sake. But in Russia, trolling has been professionalised, with troll workers paid for full-time stints perpetuating hoaxes and trash-talking online. Read More >>

How I Fooled the Internet into Thinking This Fake Sony Nexus Was Real

As far as I know, nothing of any notable significance occurred on Monday, October 15, 2012. The social web was still abuzz from the spectacular achievement in human ingenuity from the night before, brought to you by Red Bull and science. People continued to predictably politick and Rainn Wilson did an AMA. However, for an infinitesimal segment of the human population, October 15th was marked by a frenetic search for answers fueled by an anxiety that can only come from leaked photos of an up-and-coming piece of shiny new tech. Read More >>

Tens of Thousands of People Receive Same Text Message Death Threat

A text message from a self-proclaimed hitman was sent to thousands of people in Australia. It warned them to not contact the police, under threat of death. So naturally they all called the cops and caused a mini-panic. Read More >>

How One Man Faked His Own Internet Death

Death is scary. Suicide is scary. And when you're a valued member of a long-standing community who supports and helps one another, you don't fake awful stories about either to sadden and embarrass your friends. You don't ruin years of relationships to pull a stupid gag that demeans true tragedies. You don't make all of those people who love and care about you think you killed yourself for the lulz. Read More >>