Facebook Bans Fake News Sites After Election Controversy - Is It Too Little Too Late?

Philip Ellis | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

Facebook has followed the lead of Google and banned fake news sites from using its advertising network. This comes hot on the trail of public scrutiny surrounding the social network's unwitting proliferation of articles containing false information.

This EgyptAir MS804 'Crash Video' Is Not What It Seems

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

Footage purportedly taken inside the cabin of EgyptAir flight MS804 before it crashed is circulating online. The Airbus A320 was travelling from Paris...

Someone Just Expertly Trolled 'The Wright Stuff' And Nearly Everyone Fell For It

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK

Twitter commenters were baffled and appalled after an account that appeared to be from Channel 5's The Wright Stuff show posted a rather odd phone-in ...

No, Ryanair Is Not Violating An EU Directive To Help Asylum Seekers

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK

Claims that budget airline Ryanair will launch a campaign to help asylum seekers reach their destination country have been debunked as an online hoax....

Pregnant French Tourist Searching For Australian Baby Daddy Was A Hoax

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Yesterday, the nation's media - including The Huffington Post UK - reported that a French tourist was searching for the father of her baby - an Austra...

One In Four Tweets Are A Hoax

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Tech

Twitter has got to be one of the world's best rumour mills for fake deaths, births and other life events such as getting a third breast implant or sha...

Stop Posting That Privacy Message To Your Facebook, It's Utter Rubbish

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Tech

With the new year comes a new hoax, and people on Facebook are falling for a privacy con in their droves. Have you seen this message doing the roun...

Top Hoaxes Of 2014: Ebola Zombies, Banksy Unmasked & Crabzilla

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK

2014 was a remarkable year for the bizarre and disturbing. Take, for example Jasmine Tridevil, the three-breasted sensation that took the internet by ...

These UFOs Really WERE Too Good To Be True

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Tech

UFO sightings happen every day. From the oddly shaped cloud to a powerful storm movement it's hard to wade through all the nonsense and find those gen...

9 Totally Insane Hoaxes People Still Believe About Space

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech

Over the last week we've noticed one thing above everything else in our weekly traffic reports: a lot of you are still googling that whole 'Six days o...

NASA Forced To Deny 'Six Days Of Night' Rumour

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Tech

The latest major hoax, 'Days of darkness' has finally been dispelled after satirical news site Huzlers.com wrote a story claiming that the world would...

Banksy Being Arrested & Unmasked Is The Same Hoax From Last Year, People

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK

Elusive graffiti artist Banksy’s cover was blown when he was unceremoniously arrested for vandalism, conspiracy, racketeering and counterfeiting. ...

Hoax Convincing People To Microwave Their iPhones

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Tech

A new hoax has surfaced which is convincing people that they can now wirelessly charge their iPhones in the microwave using a new feature in iOS 8 cal...

You Guys, Ryan Gosling Did Not Adopt A Baby

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK

Universal heart-throb, hero, sensitive soul, feminist and all-round deity Ryan Gosling chose Father’s Day to reveal how he became a dad himself. ...

Syntax, Semantics, and Naked Emperors: Lessons Students Can Learn From an Academic Hoax

Amir Dastmalchian | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Amir Dastmalchian

Research students at the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a computer programme which automatically writes academic papers. ...

The Government Should Initiate a Public Inquiry on the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' Plot

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The Department for education (DfE) appears to have made a mess on the alleged Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' plot to take over some schools. The Education ...

Mind the Gap: The Bikini Bridge Isn't a Harmless Hoax

Eloise Hendy | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

This hoax may purport to play on our collective gullibility and Twitter-trigger happiness, but it actually plays straight into the mental vulnerability of our society's young women, who are already overly bombarded by images of hollow cheekbones, washboard stomachs and thighs that don't meet. It is hardly newsworthy that this hoax had us collectively fooled.

Were You Fooled By The Giant Squid?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A satirical news website has fooled the internet -- and a national newspaper -- into believing that a giant squid recently washed up on Californian sh...

WATCH: This Reporter Said WHAT About Missing Girl?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

As far as live news bloopers go, this is one would probably take the cake for being the worst ever. It's purported footage of a reporter presuming...

LOOK: Did A Python Swallow A Man Whole?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

An Indian man suffered an excruciating death when he was swallowed whole by a python after falling asleep drunk outside a liquor store. Except tha...

Sorry Guys, The Man Who Sued His Wife Over Their 'Ugly Baby' Yarn Is Probably A Hoax (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Last year, a rather ugly story claiming a man had sued his surgically-altered wife for deceiving him that her good looks were natural, resurfaced from...

10 Incredible Media Hoaxes

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK

Dear esteemed colleagues in the media, Huffington Post can certainly relate sometimes... We wish the Hitler Diaries were true, we could believe Ge...

The Dark Side of Social Media - My Story

Charlie O'Brien | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie O'Brien

With constant stories in the media of trolling and abuse on social media sites - I've decided it's time to tell my story of how I got caught up in a dark and elaborate 20 month long hoax at the hands of one twitter follower

'I Am Fine. I Did Not Eat 400+ Biscuits': Food Writer Forced To Deny He Is In A 'Butter Coma' After Satire Biscuit Story Goes Viral

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK

A food writer has been forced to reassure his friends and colleagues he didn't fall into a "butter coma" as a result of devouring 413 biscuits - after...

Iranian Scientist Claims To Have Invented Time Machine?

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Tech

An Iranian scientist claims to have invented a time machine. Ali Razeghi reportedly submitted his design for the 'Aryayek Time Travelling Machine' ...