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A fake news screenshot of an article discussing the "homophobia dog."

Fake News Article Screenshots Meme

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2021
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A fake news screenshot of an article discussing the "homophobia dog."

Fake News Article Screenshots

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Origin: Twitter
Year: 2021
Type: Hoax

Added May 19, 2022 at 08:35PM EDT by Synge.

Updated May 24, 2022 at 02:46PM EDT by Zach.

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Fake News Article Screenshots refers to fictional headlines, often created for humorous purposes, that gain viral notoriety. The posts containing the screenshots are often accompanied with a caption expressing disbelief. The phenomenon became especially prominent in the first half of 2022 with the spread of fake news edited to look like screenshots of real articles or search results on Twitter.

Origin

The practice of photoshopping and creating fake news headlines goes back to at least the early 2010s and the Breaking News Parodies photoshopping/remix trend, in which memers would insert jokes and false stories into the chyrons of screenshots from breaking news television broadcasts.

Spread

In the first half of 2022, however, a series of viral fake news article screenshots came into prominence and generated real headlines and discussion. Unlike the breaking news headline photoshop trend, these imitated the presentation of news stories on the mobile version of the websites of major news outlets and wire services.

On November 15th, 2021, Twitter user @JUNlPER tweeted a screenshot of a fabricated news article claiming that Elon Musk was promising to allow himself to be executed if someone can solve three riddles (shown below). JUNlPER also stated that they were influenced to make their tweet by @GoodPoliticGuy.[1]



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Goblin Mode

Twitter user @JUNlPER would make several more tweets with fake news article screenshots attached. On February 15th, 2022, JUNlPER tweeted a photoshopped headline about Julia Fox and Kanye West, suggesting that Fox said West didn't like it when she went goblin mode . The actual headline from Pinkvilla reads, "Julia Fox opened up about her ‘difficult’ relationship with Kanye West before split announcement."


transgender marx @JUNIPER no fucking way Julia Fox opened up about her 'difficult' relationship with Kanye West "He didn't like when I went goblin mode" by Pinkvilla Desk | Published on Feb 16, 2022 04:34 AM IST | Ⓒ 1.4K 6:50 PM Feb 15, 2022. Twitter Web App 6,052 Retweets 1,267 Quote Tweets 114.8K Likes : Ye Julia Fox Product Sunglasses Goggles Font Screenshot Eyewear Gadget

The photoshopped headlines spread on social media, with some users and online publications, such as The Focus, believing the "goblin mode" headline was real.[3] JUNIPER eventually pinned a tweet showing screenshots of the "goblin mode" post and reactions to it to the top of her profile, captioning the tweet "it's incredibly easy to create fake news it's actually ridiculous lol"


Pinned Tweet transgender marx @JUNIPER. Feb 16 it's incredibly easy to create fake news it's actually ridiculous lol juniper @meowmeowmeuw 20h i don't have instagram so i'm trusting everyone on twitter that all these kany screenshots are real, because they su don't feel real lol 8 22 217 TIV IMVIS My Julia Fox opened up about her 'difficult' relationship with Kanye West "He didn't like when I went goblin mode" by Pinkvilla Desk | Published on Feb 16, 2022 04:34 AM IST | © 14K ie® 210 5,520 Kol 80 ONE HOURS LATER thefocus.news 'Goblin mode': What the term 89.7K : Ye Font Screenshot

Elon Musk 'Pegged'

On April 6th, 2022, Twitter user @DoctorPenisBoob posted a photoshopped series of fake news headlines, seemingly from a Google search of a trending story, about Elon Musk getting pegged by then-girlfriend Grimes. The fake news headlines use the logos of CNBC, The Guardian, and CBS News. The tweet earned over 68,000 likes and was quote-tweeted almost 5,000 times.


Dr. Sex Porn @Doctor PenisBoob CNBC Elon Musk Says He Was Penetrated by Grimes 1 day ago OCBS NEWS Elon Musk Describes Self As 'New Breed' Of Heterosexual - What That Means 10 hours ago The. Guardian Elon Musk Claims Grimes Had 'Incredibly Large' Strap-On But It Was 'No Problem' For Him lol I knew it The : Elon Musk Grimes Product Coat Sleeve Gesture Font Screenshot Line Suit Blazer Collar

The Snickers Dick Vein

On April 16th, 2022, @JUNlPER posted a tweet that attached a fake news headline stating, "Snickers are officially caving and removing the world renowned dick vein from the candybar." They captioned it, "no fucking way," and earned roughly 202,500 likes over the course of three days.


transgender marx @JUNIPER no fucking way MIN GKER SB NEKERS CKERS EKERS ICKERS Photograph: Shutterstock Snickers are officially caving and removing the world renowned dick vein from the candybar Woke mobs have been begging for decades and finally cancel culture prevails Written by Anna Rahmanan Friday April 16 2022 1:51 PM · Apr 16, 2022 · Twitter Web App NS WICKERS SNIGKERS SHICKERS Font Screenshot

On April 18, 2022, fact-checking site, Snopes posted an article debunking the notion that the Snickers Dick Vein was going to be removed, stating, "The candy company Mars, Inc. has not removed a 'dick vein' from candy bars after being pressured by a 'woke mob.'"[2]

The fake news posting of @JUNIPER received heavy mainstream attention, with @JUNIPER being interviewed by Rolling Stone about the Snickers Dick Vein post.[5]

Homophobia Dog

On May 16th, 2022, Twitter user @mailprivilege[7] tweeted a fake Washington Post article discussing the homophobia dog (shown below, left). The fake article was discussed by Christina Pushaw,[4] Florida governor Ron DeSantis' press secretary, who believed the article to be real. Pushaw posted a tweet ridiculing Taylor Lorenz, the author named in the fake screenshot (shown below, right).


chuck @mailprivilege No fucking way INTERNET CULTURE This dog is the new face of online homophobia Internet trolls have turned a dachshund into a viral homophobic meme - and her gay owners don't know what to do. By Taylor Lorenz May 13, 2022 at 5:05 p.m. EDT (Courtesy of Logan Hickman/Instagram) : Dog Font Carnivore Fawn Companion dog Screenshot Dog breed Christina Pushaw @ChristinaPushaw More cutting edge journalism from the 49 year old Washington Post activist infamous for showing up masked on random people's doorsteps & sliding into the DMs of tiktok teenagers. INTERNET CULTURE This dog is the new face of online homophobia Internet trolls have turned a dachshund into a viral homophobic meme - and her gay owners don't know what to do. By Taylor Lorenz May 13, 2022 at 5:05 p.m. EDT (Courtesy of Logan Hickman/Instagram) Dog Carnivore Dog breed Font Companion dog Adaptation

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