Fake News Has Trending Stories on Facebook Right Now

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By Masha Froliak | 2:37 pm, November 24, 2016

While Facebook has been having difficulties in identifying real news from the fake stories, we have two recent stories with questionable origins that are trending on Facebook today:

1. Gigi Hadid says she has no respect for Melania Trump because she’s an immigrant bimbo

This article from The Rightists talks about the fallout from Gigi Hadid’s impersonation of Melania Trump at the American Music Awards on November 20 and that the model “doesn’t regret doing the impression”.

The Rightists “quoted” Hadid, from an alleged interview with Elle Magazine, as saying she “has absolutely no respect whatsoever for an Eastern European bimbo who got lucky winning the gene lottery, which resulted in bagging a billionaire American.”

This supposed quote can be found nowhere on Elle’s site and in fact, Hadid apologized for her impersonation. In the note posted on Twitter the model wrote that she believes Melania “understands show business and the way shows are written and run.” The model formally apologized to everyone she offended.

But the fake story from The Rightists had 202 shares across Facebook at the time of writing, after it was first posted on November 21.

2. Eric Trump’s foundation funnels money to his dad’s business

“Is there anything this family touches that doesn’t immediately become a scam?” asks the Facebook post next to the shared story titled “Eric Trump foundation caught funneling cancer research cash directly to his father.”

This headline of this article on the Facebook page of If You Only News, a left-leaning site, states that Eric Trump’s foundation was caught funnelling money to his father’s business.The Facebook post is quite misleading as the story it links to is heavily aggregated from a September 30 article by the Daily Beast.

And while both stories generally talk about Eric Trump’s charity foundation spending large sums of money at fundraising events on Donald Trump’s golf courses, The Daily Beast article clearly states that those expenses are not illegal but are simply a matter of ethical concern.

The issue is “not of legality, but of ethics” states the Daily Beast. While the If You Only News version, that relies on the original story of The Daily Beast, clearly accuses the Trump family of a scam.

The story posted on their Facebook page on November 20 had gathered more than 2,500 reactions and almost 1,300 shares at the time of writing.

 

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