Sunday, July 30, 2017

Phony photos in lying clickbait: North Korea, moments before tragedy, Civil War pics

Lying clickbait keeps appearing on news websites despite the national discussion about “fake news.”
Here are some of the latest examples I’ve seen.

Clickbait purveyors continue to promote articles about life in North Korea with photos of sexy women from South Korea.
Sponsored articles from Kiwi Report and Semesterz each used the same headline and subhead: “N. Korea has been hiding this for 16 years: 47 rare photos of life in North Korea that will blow your mind.” Both appeared on Yahoo Finance pages.
The Semesterz post used a photo of a women’s sexy backside competition held at Blue One Water Park in Gyeongju, South Korea. (See articles by Branding in Asia and Koreaboo.)

The Kiwi Report post used photos of Clara Lee, an actress and model active in South Korea. (See photo at top. Also check out her website and Wikipedia page.)

A Taboola-sponsored clickbait post titled “Perfectly timed pictures taken before a disaster” used a photo of a young woman hanging by one arm from a rocky cliff. She’s fine. The photo is an optical illusion. She is hanging only a few feet off the ground from a big rock at Pedra do Telegrafo in Brazil. (See articles by the Daily Mail and Metro.)

Another Taboola-sponsored article titled “Gruesome Civil War photos released from government vault” featured a black-and-white photo of what appeared to be a soldier shot in the arm. The picture is old, but not from the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865). It was taken during a reenactment in 1913. (See Getty Images.)

One clickbait article seen on Yahoo featured a photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with the headline “Breaking news: We say goodbye. Mark Zuckerberg is gone. Sad day for Facebook.” It falsely implies that he’s dead or has left Facebook. Of course, neither is true.

Finally, a clickbait post titled “Troubled news anchor does the unthinkable on air” included a photo of Olivia Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi from an appearance on an Australian morning TV show. She is not a news anchor. She was a guest on the show and had a funny exchange over misunderstood slang term. No big whoop. (See articles by the Express and Mama Mia.)

Related articles:

Lying clickbait: Fake historical photos, fake North Korea photos, fake Titanic photos (March 19, 2017)

Fake North Korea photos: More lying clickbait (Jan. 31, 2017)

Lying clickbait: Close-but-no-cigar edition (Dec. 13, 2016)

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