I hate to say it, but you can't always trust the media. Whether it's blatant lies, or simple human errors, not everyone is going to get it right 100% of the time. And, on top of that, there are satire sites. You know, sites like The Onion, Weekly World News and National Report.
The latest among these satire sites is called URL Online and it could be fooling millions ... possibly. In fact, the site blatantly makes up fake headlines designed to get you to click, such as "Legal Drinking Age in US Goes Up to 23 as of February 2016."
When you click through to the articles, they look real enough. Most include thumbnail images for legitimate news websites like CNN or USA Today and the URL often contains "cnn.com" or "tmz.com" somewhere inside it. For example, the drinking age story is "http://cnn.com.urlonline.news/Legal-Drinking-Age-In-US-Goes-Up-To-23-As-Of-February-2016/r/19/"
However, once you click through to the article, you'll see the featured image for around 10 to 15 seconds, then you'll see a Leonardo DiCaprio meme pop up, claiming "We are sorry, but you were tricked! It was just a joke!" Followed by "Don't worry, you are not the only one. 1,614,181 people already fell for this. If you liked the joke, you can share it and trick your friends. Also you can create a joke of your own clicking the button below!
See what I mean:
While it's obvious that this site is just for pulling a fun prank on your friends, what's alarming is what's being shared on Facebook. Posts sharing fake articles from this site have interesting comments sections.
There have been lengthy conversations between people who obviously didn't click through to read the article and are posting their opinions on news that doesn't really exist.
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