Homocon Fake News Site Goes Viral With Flu Lie

Boing Boing reports:

If you want a good example that shows how Facebook cares more about pleasing its shareholders than the it does about stopping fake news, look how this fake news story, which claims a CDC doctor says the flu vaccine is causing the flu outbreak, is spreading across Facebook (current number of shares: 691k). Remember, Facebook has complete control over the stories its users see in their timeline, and Facebook uses this power to encourage people to pay it to promote posts. It could just as easily use this power to throttle dangerous fake news like this, but that would mean less user engagement, and therefore less money to Facebook.

Think Progress reports:

A study from NewsWhip found earlier this week that one of the top four stories with the most engagement since Facebook’s change belonged to YourNewsWire, a notorious fake news factory. The story, which claimed that an unnamed “CDC doctor” said the flu vaccine was “causing [the] deadly flu outbreak,” had at the time generated more overall engagements than any story from outlets like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, CNN, NPR, or even Fox News. (The YourNewsWire story has since fallen a few slots.) At last check, the YourNewsWire story had nearly a half-million total Facebook engagements.

Last fall I reported that YourNewsWire was founded by the British couple that made history in 2014 when they married one minute after it became legal in England and Wales.


  • JoeMyGod
    • Lazycrockett

      Any special kind of babies, or just the average ones you see at playgrounds?

      • safari

        The white ones.

      • Jay George

        Asking for a friend?

        • Lazycrockett

          Hell no I mean just look how well Keanu is aging.

          • Jay George

            LOL!

          • Dave F.

            Explains why Kellyanne Conway is looking haggard recently – Keanu must be have outbid her on her supply. She’ll just have to go to James O’Keefe for a new supply from Planned Parenthood.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Want to silence your liberal friends in 17 Seconds?”

      Yup. That’s the gestalt, alt-right.

    • narutomania
    • Frostbite

      would you consider an orange 70 crybaby with a bad combover? asking for a friend.

    • Bad Tom

      I did not know that!

    • Paula

      I never drink the blood, too much iron taste. I always make it into a lovely pudding.

    • Lantor

      Is it not rumored that peter theil(not looking up proper spelling) uses teenagers blood to stay youthful?

      • doninkansas

        Blood? I heard is was something else….

    • Ore Carmi

      “Hollywood Elites.” Yeah, they’re not hinting at any other group of people, no. /s *angry face*

  • JoeMyGod
  • another_steve

    me…curled up in fetal position…thumb in mouth… make it all stop. make it all stop…

  • Lazycrockett

    Another reason to not have facebook. My parents have it and lord the shit that relatives and friends send back and forth and promote is insane fake shit. I have to constantly remind them that all of it is fake and our family is basically a bunch of conservative religious loons.

    • Scott MB

      Agrreed, this is why I dropped FB over 8 years ago. The crap/bullshit stories that people share really started to piss me off .my father would believe these stories even when I proved to him they were total bullshit.

      My theory is that if you get your news from FB you have a problem with your head .There are some mental issues there, it is similar to the mental issues most religious people have .

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Literally playing with Life & Death here.

    • There should be criminal charges. People will believe this, and children will die.

  • Athirson

    On the plus side, those who read this stuff and act on it are more likely to catch, and thus die from, the flu. Think of it as the human gene pool cleansing itself

    • The_Wretched

      No. Innocent people get the illnesses that should have been stopped by these idiots.

  • crewman

    I know there is a “free speech” risk in what I’m about to say, but people deliberately spreading false information like this are a public nuisance. They purposefully sew doubt, confusion, and fear, undermine the public trust in information they read, and destabilize our democracy. They should be held accountable and stopped through judicial means.

    Countering that though (the free speech concern), how do you stop an authoritarian who somehow sneaks past checks and balances and gets into power. Any laws/rules that would put a check on people/sites like YourNewsWire could be exploited by Trump an authoritarian leader to suppress dissent simply by claiming anyone he disagrees with is “fake news”.

    • The_Wretched

      I don’t even think there’s a legit ‘free speech’ risk.

      And in any event, the increase in sickness and death from these lies outweights the ‘risk’.

    • Mikey

      doesn’t the “free speech” thing already have built-in limits? like “you can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre”?

      • We shouldn’t be tolerating libel and slander in the name of free speech.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      Free speech does not apply to private actors. Facebook can block the URLs of sites it does not like. The 1st amendment only applies to the government.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Facebook is becoming a menace to society, if they promote purveyors of fake news, what is to stop them advertising shoddy or dangerous goods?

    • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

      The internet is like alcohol — the cause and solution to all of life’s problems

    • Joe in PA

      Hmmm, why does that song from Cabaret keep happening in my head?

      • Jon Doh

        Because you’re gay?

        • Gustav2

          We do know a musical number for every occasion.

      • coram nobis

        “Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome … “

    • Frostbite

      uh. nothing.

    • canoebum

      Facebook is a shoddy and dangerous good.

      • Helen

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    • PickyPecker
      • The_Wretched

        at least the turtle gets fed?

    • kaydenpat

      Great questions. They need to be called out for this dangerous practice.

    • Adam Schmidt

      It’s part of the shift in how we take in data… all information is of equal value now. The opinion of a Hollywood starlet on vaccines is equal weight with a medical doctor with years of experience. And a single doctor’s opinion has the same merit as a medical organization with thousands upon thousands of medical professionals as members. A politician may not be a scientist but they can tell you that global warming is a hoax and that a woman can swallow a probe to get pictures from inside her uterus. Maybe if we stop treating all opinions as fact and any fact as true if it just feels true.

      • (((GC)))

        …and a single doctor’s opinion has the same merit as a medical organization…

        Related case in point: the small, conservative advocacy group “American College of Pediatricians”, promoting themselves as equivalent to the long-established, 64,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics. A few dozen (?) AAP members left to form their own group after AAP supported adoption by same-sex couples.

        • Adam Schmidt

          Yeah, they were actually the case I was thinking of when I wrote that. I think it’s a shame that while the Internet makes it so easy to share articles and opinion pieces, it makes it so hard to find out if the author is worth listening to because they actually know something about this stuff and they’re respected by their peers.

    • Steverino

      Fakesbook

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Jay George

      So maybe Ragnarok isn’t such a bad idea after all.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        That’s the secret plan !

      • The_Wretched

        Well, Soul found a way to keep the black blood under control.

    • ColdCountry

      My response to such claims tends to be, “state your sources.” I rarely get a response.

  • JoeMyGod
  • Jay George

    If anyone thinks Facebook is anything but a money making entity, they’re deluding themselves.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    What’s up with all these evil queens in the age of trump? Cotton, Miller, Kushner, The Stupidest Man in the Internet, Theil, these twats, etc

    Edit : forgot Roger Stone!

    Edit 2: Carter Page

    Edit 3: on the fence about Scary Mooch — definitely gay-4-pay the way enthusiastically slobbers all over trumps lil Vienna sausage

  • Statistics Palin

    Facebook tried to recruit me for a machine learning job a couple of months ago. Because of stories like this, I didn’t even answer the email.

  • JoeMyGod
  • Joe in PA

    The only story above that I would remotely consider true is the one about Trump.

  • Boy Elvis

    Any fan of a site like this is so far up the GOP’s asshole there’s no hope of saving them. I hope their kids get a fair shot at life; otherwise I’d be perfectly happy if every adult who reads that site dropped dead of the flu.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      A fair flu shot 🙂

  • Joe in PA

    On the bright side…it makes The National Enquirer look almost erudite.

  • safari

    Donald is on his way back from Davos… and tweeting.

    • PickyPecker

      ‘Amazing trip’ ‘Bigliest deals for US Businesses EVER’ “Everyone respected ME’

      • Frostbite

        He didn’t see the “kick me” sign taped to his back, or heard their laughter as he flew off.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Lazycrockett

      Which mean another round of threatening tweets, when his ego crashes and he realizes his parents never loved him.

    • William

      Does Air Force One have an ejection seat?

      • Joe in PA

        LOL, a girl can dream right?

    • Tread

      Those mountains aren’t going to crash themselves.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • ChrisMorley

      Halou posted this excellent English translation of the detailed Dutch report in de Volkskrant last night
      ‘Dutch spies managed to hack into a Russian security camera and were able to literally watch the US State Department and DNC being hacked into, as far back as 2014!
      Moderately long read, but worth it.’
      https://www.volkskrant.nl/media/dutch-agencies-provide-crucial-intel-about-russia-s-interference-in-us-elections~a4561913/

      • Friday

        It’s always the quiet ones that get the real good stuff. Like, WWII allies, “Now, if only we could get hold of the Germans’ encryption machines!” (Polish intelligence in exile: ” Oh, here you go. You used to be able to buy these.” )

  • CB

    Because people believe click bait more than doctors.

    • M Jackson

      Doctors are too science-y.

      • Todd20036

        My father tried a asparagus concoction to fight his lung cancer. Worked about as well as his chemo in the end.
        Still, he believed that, but didn’t take to heart that smoking kills.

    • ColdCountry

      But… but… this one simple trick that will make me live to 150 has doctors fuming!

      • (((GC)))

        Reality check: if that simple trick actually worked, private insurers (which try to pay out as little as possible to protect their profits) and national health systems (which similarly try to make the most effective use of their budgets) would all be INSISTING on that treatment!

        • ColdCountry

          I’m surprised they aren’t, snake oil or not.

      • SelectFromWhere

        And #7 will blow your mind!!!

        • ColdCountry

          Just… just… AMAZING, isn’t it! AND, Google is paying $95 an hour and I just bought a new Range Rover!

      • motordog

        ‘Simple’ trick? I thought it was a ‘weird’ trick. Also ‘jaw dropping’!

        • ColdCountry

          Some are simple, some are weird, and I daresay all are ‘jaw dropping!’

    • clay

      People see click bait a lot more than they see doctors.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Gustav2

      Well, Francis is a papist.

      • Paula

        Doesn’t that last word start with an r?

        • Gustav2

          That’s just his coworkers, not him!

        • Steverino

          Now now, let’s not have a papist smear…

          • (((GC)))

            I thought the RCC was against the full range of reproductive healthcare! Granted, a lot of their teachings are downright malignant… a cancer on society…

    • Friday

      Of course if there’s a grain of truth to that, it could well have been this Pope criticizing the Fundie Trump supporters for in fact, claiming their Jesus wants all kinds of things the Christians usually project on their Devil. (While of course still promoting right-wing causes against women and LGBT people and all those who support them do to the poor and the sick and refugees and whatnot.)

  • HZ81

    Untrustworthy, lying, grifting and physically blech (to me ) homocons? I can’t believe it.

  • leastyebejudged

    News for stupid people.

    It serves a purpose I suppose !

  • canoebum

    I’m cancelling their card right now. They can keep the fucking toaster.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Lazycrockett

      I like Bowie and everything but he was never my go to news source. Now David Crosby on the other hand.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Hah! 🙂

  • JWC

    Facebook is as necessary in life as another Khardashian I know I will get shit for this but life went along quite nicely before Facebook It only became necessary when we got lazy

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Couldn’t agree more. It’s vapid bullshit and meaningless drivel. Glad to not take part at all.

    • coram nobis

      The Cardassians may very well be behind this.

      • William

        Never turn your back on Garak.

    • canoebum

      It is possible to live a full and happy life without Facebook. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

    • shellback

      Facebook. What’s that?

    • Bambino

      At the end of the day it’s the users. Can’t be suing Starbucks for spilling oneself with scalding water every single time.

  • John Ruff

    This is domestic terrorism plain and simple

    • The_Wretched

      Considering it leads to entirely avoidable deaths, I agree.

      • John Ruff

        Children and older/immunocomprimised will die

  • safari

    O/T: MSU just tweeted. It’s sad enough to use its old pantone color logo in its tweet. https://twitter.com/michiganstateu/status/956944172350656513

    • William

      They need a Penn State level investigation and prosecution.

      • safari

        Now ex-President Simon did request the state attorney general’s office investigate. He’s running for governor, so you’ll bet there will be an investigation.

        • William

          Since some of the assaults occurred while traveling across state lines, shouldn’t it be a federal investigation?

        • whollyfool

          That guy is a jackass. Always against anything Obama did and for everything Trump has done.

        • whollyfool

          Just got the email, here we go…

          Schuette to Hold Media Conference on MSU Investigation

          Saturday, January 27th, 12:00 Noon

          Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will update media on his investigation into MSU.

          Location:
          G. Mennen Williams Building- Kelley Library

          525 West Ottawa, Lansing, MI 48933

          Doors will open at 11:30. Note only credentialed media will be admitted.

    • Bambino

      The logo looks like it’s from an environmental friendly condom.

    • ChrisMorley
    • whollyfool

      That’s a good tweet though.

  • Nic Peterson

    Trumpanzees should heed the warning and stay away from the flu shot. While they are at it they should also consider the liberal bias of modern medicine. If it can’t be cured with leaches, Soros is probably behind it.

    • motordog

      Thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers…

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    Evil. Like the girl who talked a man into suicide : Not freedom of speech. It should be a crime.

    • whollyfool

      You can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theatre. We have to do something about people who knowingly lie like this.

  • coram nobis

    Is there some reason why Your News Wire’s logo includes an outline map of Russia, he asked cynically?

    • The_Wretched

      and now a word from our sponsor

  • kaydenpat

    They’re trying to get people sick and killed by not getting vaccinated. Evil.

    • William

      They may be crossing the line to practicing medicine without a license.

  • Tawreos

    For those of you that don’t like Facebook there may be some good news on the horizon. George Soros thinks that Facebook and Googles gays are numbered.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/george-soros-says-facebook-googles-days-numbered-232153289.html

    Oops, that should be days =)

    • safari

      Freudian slip?

      • Lazycrockett

        Its a very specific search engine.

        • Bambino

          Gumblr.

    • William

      As long as those numbers aren’t tattooed onto our arms.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      I know a couple of Gayglers. I should warn them.

    • easygoingmister

      While I breathe, I hope

    • Silver Badger

      But why are they numbering their gays?. Do they tell their gays they are being numbered? Is it like a tattoo?

    • Friday

      You know, once upon a time Facebook was actually useful for keeping in touch with a bunch of people you actually know….

      • whollyfool

        I thought so too until I realized that the people on my FB were horrible, lol. But it’s still good for shaming a company into fixing an issue if it comes to that.

        • Friday

          I always kept it pretty selective, (And not even my closest friends, really: I mostly signed up just to keep in touch with a group back in a place I’d just left, rather than replacing normal communications with everyone else. )

    • whollyfool

      Facebook and Google are not in the same business. I find that prediction pretty odd.

      May we have gays unto infinity!

  • Leo

    “Not only was YourNewsWire banned from Google’s advertising platforms in 2017, but the site itself points to Russian propaganda outlets, including RT, as both a model and a source. Researchers in the European Union identified the site as a “proxy” for Russian disinformation.”

    Comforting.

  • William

    Taboola ads because sentient and created their own website.

  • Paula

    The anti-vaxers must be in orgasmic overload with this news.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Hey, as long as they die from some kind of disease, thus lowering the idiot population, I’m all for it…and yes, I’m being more than serious. I’m done with science deniers. You want to risk your life because you’re an imbecile, by all means.

      Ok, I’m being a bit hyperbolic…but just a bit.

  • RNegron

    I would encourage all those people NOT to get the flu shot. A few thousand less idiots in the world would do wonders to improve the species.

  • Bambino

    Social media is equivalent to tabloid news at the supermarket checkout. The difference is everyone can be an editor and put out whatever story they like to compose.

  • Uncle Mark

    Perhaps we should take a page out of Theil’s playbook, and convince parent’s, who have lost their children to the flu, to sue YourNewsWire & Facebook. If profit is all they care about, let’s hit them where it hurts. Surely, our side can pull together funding for such an effort.

  • Jay Silversmith

    Don the con also said that penicillin is useless against syphilis, cuz just look……,

  • Rex

    We can’t count on anyone exercising any common sense these days.
    An article came up on my feed on facebook about how cake mixes that are past their use by date are dangerous and can result in death. It was all bogus, and from years ago, yet there it was. Facebook is a menace at times.

    • misterjack

      Another reason I am glad I never signed up for Facebook.

  • edrex

    can i interest them in some delicious tide detergent pods?

    • KarenAtFOH

      Take two, they’re small.

    • Treant

      Alas, they’re not only not reliably fatal, but usually merely unpleasant to adults.

    • whollyfool

      i was telling my bf yesterday, even in Idiocracy no one ate laundry detergent

  • coram nobis

    “The Children’s Hour”, or, how a Facebook rumor from a single source can divide a small town — in this case, over a rumor that a local school would force the football team to kneel for the national anthem.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/26/your-racist-side-slipped-out-a-little-how-the-anthem-protests-split-one-small-town

    That September day – the week after President Trump had called for NFL owners to fire any player who knelt during the national anthem – one white mother at the school heard a striking story from her daughter, a 10th-grade student. At the football game on Friday night, the school would force the entire team, band and cheerleading squad to kneel in solidarity with the NFL protestors. The mother, as a member of a military family, felt offended and called her ex-mother-in-law, who had put up the original post, to vent.

  • -M-

    People will die because of these idiot scum trolling for the money and lulz.

  • Treant

    It’s an interesting mix of truth and falsehood.

    Yes, this year’s flu shot wasn’t terribly effective…but if you got it, you still have some resistance to the flu. I got my shot, but (as you all know!) got the flu early in January. Instead of 2 weeks flat on my back and, in my case, potentially in the hospital, I was merely rather sick but semi-functional when I had to be.

    There would be no way the flu shot gave me the flu as I got the shot in late August and didn’t get sick until 4 1/4 months later–and I know the source of my illness.

    • Friday

      The problem is the vaccine isn’t for this year’s worst strain, thank the Republicans for *that,* actually.

      • Rrhain

        Given the way flu vaccine is created, are they?

        It takes a long time to create flu vaccine…on the range of five to six months. The World Health Organization meets in February (for the Northern Hemisphere) and September (for the Southern) to analyze information regarding which strains of influenza appear to be the ones which will be most widespread in the coming flu season.

        The FDA in the US then works with this information to determine which strains will be likely to be prevalent in the US in order to set up production for the seasonal flu vaccine.

        But there are still biological problems in creation of the vaccine: In order to make a vaccine, you need the right virus to develop and sometimes, a viable candidate isn’t available. Too, just because there is a prediction of which strains will be likely to be prevalent doesn’t mean those are the ones that show up. Also, influenza is highly mutable and it is possible that the vaccine developed won’t be as effective by the time flu season arrives.

        I don’t see how Republicans could have interfered in this.

        • Friday

          Cause they saw it coming despite the season’s vaccine already being in the pipeline. It’s been nearly six months *now,* and guess who went after the CDC budget and made it even less of a priority for pharmaceutical companies to make em?

  • KarenAtFOH

    Just got back from Urgent Care with a prescription for TamiFlu. Took my partner there yesterday, because she was quite sick, and she got TamiFlu too. Doc would have given me a prescription right away, but wasn’t sure if I was close family. But clinic rules would have prevented him from handing me a script anyway without first seeing me as a patient and establishing a chart. Sigh, lawyers and $. I have no symptoms yet, but TamiFlu is given to people at risk in the hope of staving off the flu. I guess some folks around here still believe in science, because the local Publix Pharmacy ran out of TamiFlu, and urgent care was telling people to call around first before trying to fill it.

    • Publix in South Florida was paying people $10 to get the flu shot this entire summer though October. They are very proactive about it. CVS followed up — paying the population to be vaccinated.
      Note- Publix does not charge for much basic medication. They fill prescriptions for free. Take a look here if you live in the South and your medication is on the list.
      http://corporate.publix.com/about-publix/newsroom/news-releases/publix-pharmacy-enhances-free-medication-programs

      • KarenAtFOH

        Publix rocks. I’ve gotten the free meds from them in the past. My partner only has Medicare part B, so I had to pay the full Tamiflu amount ($160), except Publix gave her a break of $32. Nice!

  • Friday

    Deliberate attempt to undermine American health by right-wing Russian-sponsored fake news site.

  • Paul_in_Dallas

    Anagrams:
    Your News Wire ~ Our Winy Sewer
    Sean Adl-Tabatabai ~ As I Abet Banal Data
    Sinclair Treadway ~ Sweaty Rancid Liar

  • I really do not understand otherwise intelligent people — and I know quite a few who live for some explained reason in wealthier parts of the San Francisco Bay Area who-
    1. Refuse to take antibiotics to fight off things like bacteria based sinus and chest infections (one friend was coughing up green mucus, a clear sign of this) because “he wanted his naturally body defenseS to take over” or some nutiness like this. After 7 months of making everyone in his technology company in San Francisco ill, he listened to me and finally saw his doctor and went on Augmentin. This person is very fit overwise and a health freak.
    2. Refuse to let their children have any vaccinations because they are “unproven” as causes of autism (a second cousin in Marin County). She finally broke down and let her daughter be vaccinated after my mother read her the riot act.
    3. My best friend since 14, who rented a house with me in San Francisco, who was incredibly fit, a marathon runner, who went to an Ivy League Law School who dies from colon cancer (which is very avoidable with monitoring) at a very young age since he simply ignored symptoms and considered himself too healthy to ever get a physical even though he had incredibly good health care benefits at work. He never took any medicine in his life.
    Some people do not get it. In the USA the average life span was 50 in 1900. It is now close to 80. Science and medicine extends lives. Some people consider themselves Gods and smarter than everyone else it seems.
    Getting medical advice from Facebook Groups is MORONIC.

    • whollyfool

      I know a lot of people who are science based and pro vaccination (dear god, is that really a term), but still won’t get the flu shot for some reason.

    • Gianni

      Over the course of my life, I’ve come to realize that ‘intelligent or highly intelligent’ does not mean ‘Smart’ or ‘clear thinking’.

  • Galvestonian

    What a crock of shit.

  • This isn’t the usual harmless clickbait “10 Things producers of MASH hid from viewers” nonsense. This is seriously dangerous misinformation. What is wrong with people like this. Do they believe this? Or are they so fucking greedy that they don’t care if their lies get people killed? Either way, they need to be shunned by everyone with any sense of decency.

  • narutomania

    All I can say to the founder of YourNewsWire is: booooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Survey Programmer

    Anything for money, eh? Reminds me of the December 2017 fiasco when Amazon.uk was taken to the toolshed for (I kid you not)… home-based infant circumcision kits. http://www.newsweek.com/amazon-removes-circumcision-kits-website-755558 Amazon in the U.S. had to be warned by U.S. intactivists not to try a similar money-grab here. Corporations need to be constantly monitored for tactics that endanger the health and human rights of consumers.

  • ECarpenter

    People are so poorly educated in the U.S. that lots of people don’t know how DNA works, how viruses infect cells, don’t know how vaccines work, don’t know how vaccines are made – so they have no way of knowing if a vaccine, which they see as sciency magic, could cause flu or not.

    It’s the uneducated people Trump loves who believe this kind of ignorant story and spread it. They’re certainly not all conservatives, there are plenty of pig-ignorant lefties out there, too, who’ll believe anything if it’s packaged with the right buzzwords.

    A vast amount of human knowledge is now available on the internet to anyone who’s curious. Most people aren’t very curious, and prefer to let other people think for them.