Thursday, December 29, 2016
Lying clickbait: Fake Woodstock photos, historic images and death reports
Often the photos have nothing to do with the subject of the sponsored weblink.
For instance, a recent Taboola-sponsored article titled “Woodstock groupies camera discovered, what musicians didn’t want you to see” used a recent photo of actress and model Emily Ratajkowski. The 25-year-old beauty was born more than two decades after Woodstock.
There are a lot of great Woodstock photos. Why would the creators of this promoted article use one that is clearly a lie? To drive traffic from curious web surfers, of course.
An Outbrain-sponsored weblink titled “The most unnerving photos of the history’s hottest actresses!” used a picture of a sexy woman in a bikini. Bad grammar is one thing, but this isn’t a photo of an actress. It’s Kosovo-born model Hafiia Mira.
Also, what’s “unnerving” about beach photos of the curvaceous beauty?
This next example of lying clickbait must have been created by Pinocchio. It’s a Revcontent-sponsored article titled “Final images taken seconds before tragedy struck.” It used a photo of a woman in a pool with a gigantic snake.
Well, that photo is a poorly Photoshopped phony. I’ve included the original photo of the normal-size snake here along with a better shot of the fake. (Check out the woman’s fingers from her left hand in the doctored photo).
And finally a Taboola-sponsored link titled “‘Growing Pains’ actor tragically passes away” uses a photo of actor Kirk Cameron from the show. Cameron is very much alive. This article appeared after the recent death of Cameron’s co-star from the show, Alan Thicke.