Another fake article is making the rounds on Facebook, with folks sharing the article and claiming it is the Gospel truth, without first using Google to verify its veracity. Fake news stories have been a common thing -- especially since Trump fever struck the nation, as reported by BuzzFeed. Such fake stories coming out of Macedonia have brought teenagers a world away as much as $3,000 per day, at least for viral stories that get plenty of hits. Another such article about President-elect Trump and Ford is making the rounds today, with fake sites co-opting news from 2015 -- and pretending as if it's recent 2016 news.
As reported by CNN, an article titled "Ford shifts truck production from Mexico to Ohio" was published in August 2015. Noted within that article published last year are facts about Ford heavy duty pickup trucks that began being assembled in Avon Lake, Ohio, instead of Mexico.
However, at least two fake websites have copied the article word-for-word -- but have also added the false news that the events happened "Since Donald Trump Won The Presidency" to their titles. Folks spreading the fake articles are being chided for believing that the shift from Mexico to Ohio could happen within the few days since Trump became president-elect.
For example, one article is titled, "BREAKING: Since Donald Trump Won The Presidency Ford Shifts Truck Production From Mexico To Ohio," and is being shared in droves on Facebook via a donaldtrumpnews.co website. Simply plopping the phrase in Google -- with quotes included -- such as "Ford's heavy duty pickup trucks which used to be built in Mexico started rolling off an assembly line in Ohio this week. That's good news for the 1,000" would lead folks to the original CNN piece, and inform them that the fake article being spread is indeed fake.
Instead, as reported by the following trend graph via Trendolizer, it shows that some people are sharing the article and giving President-elect Trump plenty of praise for the fake article. As seen below, at least one of the fake articles has gotten 25,000 likes on Facebook as of this writing.
Searching for the phrase "Since Donald Trump Won the Presidency" on Facebook reveals plenty of people sharing the fake article and making comments about the piece -- whether they know it's a hoax or not. The fake article on the donaldtrumpnews.co website also links to a site titled ETF, with a duplicate article spreading the fake news.
The reason such a story tends to spread so fast on social media, before being roundly debunked, is due to the fervor with which folks demand it be spread. For example, Facebook user Roberto Perra wrote such a comment to Donald Trump President about the fake article.
"***BREAKING: God bless Donald J. Trump. He just did something so incredible that every President in US History would be jealous of him. Let's get this man 1 Million #SHARES to thank him for his hard work. Also remember to comment 'Thank You Mr. Trump!'"The irony of such pro-Trump enthusiasm is that many times, as reported by the New York Magazine, is that many of the fake articles are created in Macedonia by people who simply want to make money off of the Trump craziness -- instead of being invested in any one political party.
The photo directly above shows President Obama viewing new Ford vehicles in 2015.
As seen in the top photo above, President Barack Obama ran up the stairs at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. That happened on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, as President Obama spoke about America's surging sectors in manufacturing and the automotive industry.
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