Was the Tea Party flagged by President Obama? Pop culture isn’t always entirely accurate when it comes to some of the news fit to print online. In the middle of all the celebrity gossip stories and over the top real crime reports, pranksters try to find ways to fit in news that isn’t really news at all. According to the Washington Post on Friday, the few crazy fake stories that have offered some serious outrageous news has been passed around thousands of times.
The most ridiculous fake news of July? That would have to be that the Tea Party flag was banned by President Obama. The idea is virtually impossible when it comes to free speech and the logic behind the statement should have been questioned too. However, that didn’t stop the story from being passed from person to person from a fake news story site.
Another over the top story in July that deserves to be in the top three is about an angel sighting. Allegedly, an angel fell from the sky over London. The story is definitely false, but the images shared around the world are legit. The pictures are coming from an exhibit which was reinstalled in Beijing last week, but there is no truth that an angel fell from the sky.
The weirdest story hitting social media and rounding out the top three in July is a man having sex with a pig. The thought is startling, but there isn’t a merit of truth to the idea. According to Inquistr on Thursday the rumor is nothing more than fake news being circulated by people who either don’t know the truth or want to share the ridiculous ideas with others.
With pop culture news being shared faster on social media, there isn’t any surprise that some fake stories are slipping through the cracks and fact checking isn’t happening before people start sharing with their friends. July has had some crazy news, but the pigs are safe and the Tea Party flags are still flying.