Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:23 am

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I thought it was one of the few legitimate sites about autism.
[/quote]"Site-rater" My evaluation was based upon feedback from families with autistic children, who are highly critical of this site due to their classification of autism as being a "disease" instead of a condition.
I went back and discovered that some of the complaints came from a source whose credibility I could not corroborate. Upon a sustained review of these sources, this is opinion-based.
Other additional sources support this site's credibility as well. Yoko Ono actually supports this site.

Thanks for the information so that I can revise the original listing and exclude the site from this thread.

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:06 pm

Here is another site that beggars description: [red]shoebat.com[/red]

Where to begin?
This site is clearly anti-Muslim, promotes conspiracy theories (Bilderburg Meeting), rescuing Christians, end-times, hate, links to [red]globalresearch.ca[/red] (globalresearch.ca/the-true-story-of-the-bilderberg-group-and-what-they-may-be-planning-now/13808)
Here is just a sampling of the dreck from this site:
Erdogan Has Just Declared He Intends To Have Muslims Invade Christian Europe In The Future And That Turkey Will Build Nuclear Bombs To Soon Attack The Christian West To Subjugate The Church
Though I personally don't like or trust Erdogan, this nonsense takes the cake.

Please rate this site accordingly.

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by NotBuyingIt » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:42 pm

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Here is another site that beggars description: [red]shoebat.com[/red]
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The highly authoritative and well-respected Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the absolutely worst among hate groups in the USA, published a particularly condemning article on the Shoebat Foundation (WOT scorecard) last year.
Shoebat’s Shoebat.com blog is filled with vicious attacks on Muslims and non-evangelical Christians from both Shoebat and his filth-spewing son, Theodore Shoebat. The younger Shoebat has called for “Those Who Refuse to Submit to Christian Society,” along with LGBT people, to be put to death, and boastfully referred to himself as a “proud fascist.”
(Source: https://www.splcenter.org/20161025/journalists- ... ts#shoebat)
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Associated websites found in a preliminary web search:
Forum for Middle East Understanding — ffmu.biz (scorecard), fmu.webconnex.com (scorecard)
Rescue Christians — rescuechristians.org (scorecard)
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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:50 pm

Here is a little collection of sites that have been noted as spreading disinformation and lies as fact.
[green]mediamatters.org/research/2017/03/16/it-s-fake-news-its-impact-people-has-been-real/215698[/green]
[red]angrypatriotmovement.com[/red]
angrypatriotmovement.com/womans-march-leader-and-isis/
[red]truthfeed.com[/red]
truthfeed.com/womensmarch-organizer-linda-sarsour-wants-sharia-law-in-america/47933/
[red]beforeitsnews.com[/red]
[red]madworldnews.com[/red]
madworldnews.com/muslim-obama-staffer-trump/
[red]conservative101.com[/red]
conservative101.com/breaking-fox-news-exposes-traitor-megyn-kelly-kicks-her-out-for-backing-hillary/
Note: the use of the terminology "angry", "patriot", "truth", "mad" or any such extreme descriptive adjective is a telling clue that the site in question is likely to have serious problems with veracity.

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:36 pm

I have a new entry that is extraordinary since it is a site for an Italian political party (M5S) [red]movimento5stelle.it[/red]

This is extra-ordinary for me to advocate a negative rating for a political party since politics is just that – politics – thus I rarely rate political sites negatively, unless they cross a line into the realm of doing harm. [yellow]This party has done just that by advocating Italians to avoid vaccinations, based upon faulty scientific claims and rumour.[/yellow]
When any organization crosses this line into wilfully spreading disinformation that has a negative impact upon a societies' well-being, then that organization should be held accountable.

More about the organization here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Star_Movement

More about M5S spreading faulty science regarding vaccinations:
theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/23/italys-five-star-movement-blamed-for-surge-in-measles-cases

Please evaluate and rate this site accordingly.

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:07 am

Here is another site that is long overdue for attention for its role in spreading misinformation, rumour, gossip, innuendo:
[red]infowars.com[/red]

Why?

See this article for background:
washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-backs-off-pizzagate-claims/2017/03/24/6f0246fe-10cd-11e7-ab07-07d9f521f6b5_story.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizzagate_conspiracy_theory
The second link also nicely details how certain state actors most likely helped to promote the Pizzagate conspiracy through media.
It is worth a careful read.
This site knowingly promoted unsubstantiated rumour that put lives in danger and caused damages to a local DC business that sells pizza:
Under Texas law, the Austin-based Jones had to retract or apologize for the stories by Friday — one full month after receiving Alefantis’s letter — to avoid exposing InfoWars to punitive damages in a libel suit. . . .
Please feel free to leave your evaluation here.

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:37 am

I would also like to recommend one site that does promote rational thought and helps debunks some of the more pernicious lies, disinformation campaigns and other poisons that can be found on the internet:

[green]rationalwiki.org[/green]

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by NotBuyingIt » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:08 pm

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Here is another site that is long overdue for attention for its role in spreading misinformation, rumour, gossip, innuendo:
[red]infowars.com[/red]
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Related sites:
rss.infowars.com (WOT scorecard)
twitter.com/infowars (scorecard)

Numerous additional sites are listed in a preliminary web search.

Infowars has millions of fans — it even has a dating subdomain, apparently — and an Alexa Rank of 2146, so it's challenging for the ratings of a few conscientiously dissenting community members to have much effect in the site's reputation.
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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:17 am

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Infowars has millions of fans — it even has a dating subdomain, apparently — and an Alexa Rank of 2146, so it's challenging for the ratings of a few conscientiously dissenting community members to have much effect in the site's reputation.
&nbsp;[/quote]Still, a warning label should go on these sites.
It is not our fault if people don't know shit from black shoe polish.

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:10 am

Several more sites that have been noted as spreading misinformation (rumour):

[red]investmentwatchblog.com[/red]
This site links to other highly dubious sources that are unvetted.

[red]conservative101.com[/red]
This site uses leades that are mis-leading in their implications and the alleged articles provide no proofs (links to sourced articles).
Basically, this is political click-bait of the lowest kind.

[red]freedomdaily.com[/red]
This site spreads rumours and lies and should be deep red; one example:
freedomdaily.com/whoopi-attacked-slain-us-soldier-widow/
this alleged story was proven to be false and is just one example (people.com/tv/whoopi-goldberg-false-story-navy-seal-widow-endangered-family-life/
undertheradar.military.com/2017/03/sound-off-whoopi-attack-navy-seal-widow/
The next few sites were easy to find because they spread the same false story reported above (Goldberg).
[red]undergroundnewsreport.com
truthrevolt.org
breitbart.com
conservativeworlddaily.com[/red] note: this site links to other rumour and conspiracy sites like [red]dailycaller.com[/red] as well.
(link example: conservativeworlddaily.com/whoopi-goldberg-gets-called-spewing-lies-trump/)
[red]theredelephants.com[/red]
This is mostly click-bait that recycles links to [red]foxnews.com[/red]

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