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Facebook Fake News Generators stir up controversy

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-12-20-23-pmBy Edward Cox From

Facebook has been in the hot seat amid speculation that fake news could have helped swing the election in Donald Trump’s favor.

While CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly said his company is not a publishing site, he announced it would release new tools to flag down fake content. Some news sites are dedicated to creating fake news and there is money to be made. In one Macedonian town, writers raked in thousands of dollars from ad clicks by writing fake news articles that were pro-Trump, according to BuzzFeed News.

There’s a fine line between posting fake news just for laughs or to intentionally mislead someone. As pressure rises for Facebook to clearly designate pranks on social media, users may breathe a little easier while reading a shocking headline. Here are some top-searched fake news generators that may have contributed to social media news frenzies.

This fake Facebook news generator makes it easy to prank your friends. As you fill out the fields – which include an image, logo, headline and description – the Facebook post will show up in a preview. The site’s Facebook account, @realorfakenews, has nearly 6,700 likes and shares links created with its fake news generator. ShareonFB’s Twitter account has been suspended. The site asks users to report any content that has, “sexual content, graphic violence, slander, and plain inappropriate [news].”

Clone Zone allows you to copy the layout of popular news sites while changing their content. While several newspapers have been blacklisted including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, it still offers website templates including Fox News and Art News. Once you have selected a template, you can click on the website’s elements and change their text.

The clone is virtually identical to the news site, with ads and links that navigate to the actual site. Only the clonezone URL address, disclaimer bar on the bottom and some stray design elements give away the fact that it’s a clone. The top fake news post on the site, “Kawaski riders found to be gayest men in uk” garnered over 100,000 views and 36,000 shares on Facebook. The creator of the site is 4real, a creative studio based in NYC. Its online portfolio lists a website created for the Clinton Global Initiative as one of its projects.

Pokemon Go news that’s too good to be true (

There’s nothing more convincing than a talking head with some stylish panels. Break Your Own News allows you to create a broadcast snapshot with your own headline, ticker and image. Created by designer Jonathan Cresswell, the site allows you to share the broadcast snapshot to Twitter, Tumblr and imgur, although clicking the Facebook link returns an error.

Newspaper Generator
New York Times
Can you spot the difference?

Want to lend your article an extra air of authority? Newspaper Generator inserts your story in the folds of a newspaper and allows you to download it as a pdf. Among the fields you enter are the newspaper’s name, headline, author, and article text. It may be hard to pull off a New York Times Article though because the font is a not exactly up-to-date.

Perhaps Mark Zuckerberg wishes the media firestorm over fake news is a hoax (Getty)
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A site made to imitate Gawker using Clone Zone – Rihanna married in Barbados

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Facebook’s fake news problem and fantasy sports: Listen to TCBC 9 with Jordan Crook

By Darrell Etherington From TechCrunch

Facebook’s issues with viral false news reports dominated headlines this week, so naturally it came up as a key topic of discussion when I spoke to TechCrunch’s special projects editor and internet culture reporter Jordan Crook on this week’s episode. The sheer scope of the issue is something that becomes very apparent as we found out in talking things through.

We also cover the union of FanDuel and DraftKings into a single online fantasy sports betting platform powerhouse, since Jordan’s a big fan of fantasy sports (I’ll stick to just LOTR-style fantasy, thanks very much). The issue isn’t really whether the two pairing up is better for either; it’s the nature of the business model itself, and whether there isn’t something ethically unsettling about the whole proposition.

Fair warning: this is a pretty heavy episode, because we’re all still feeling a little raw after the U.S. election. But it’s honest, which is more than you can say for a lot of headlines that got plenty of shares during the election.

You can listen via the stream embedded in the link below, or check us out [techcrunch] and subscribe on iTunes (and leave a review), or in your podcast player of choice.

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