J.J Abrams Confirms Future Star Wars Films Will Drop Use Of "Dark Side" To Combat Racism -- Steemit Investigation Into Fake News: GET THE TRUTH HERE!

I saw this image floating around social media.


I'm pretty sure that this is fake.

For a number of reasons:

  1. It looks constructed
  2. It is never accompanied by a link
  3. It's not attributed to any magazine

It IS attributed to a writer, however: Clarisse Loughrey.

So I looked her up an it turns out she's a writer for The Independent. I refined my search to include her name, "The Independent", and the full title of the article in question.

The only results were meme sites.

So I asked Clarisse Loughrey herself

I found her on Twitter and asked her about it:

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To which she responded:

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Here's the source article that was photoshopped:

The lesson of the story...

  1. Don't just believe everything you see. It's very easy to fake things.
  2. If you think something is fake, look into it yourself -- more likely than not you can find the truth if you just spend a little effort investigating for yourself.

Share your thoughts

There really is an epidemic of fake news. It comes form the mainstream media, alternative media, and regular people with a mischievous streak.

In this case, I was able to debunk a meme that was going viral that was simply made up with about 5 minutes of research and not being afraid to ask a question.

What do you think?


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