Pick your favourite of 16 fake news stories

Here’s one, from Daniel Payne at Federalist:

Early November: Spike in Transgender Suicide Rates

After Trump’s electoral victory on November 8, rumors began circulating that multiple transgender teenagers had killed themselves in response to the election results. There was no basis to these rumors. Nobody was able to confirm them at the time, and nobody has been able to confirm in the three months since Trump was elected.

Nevertheless, the claim spread far and wide: Guardian writer and editor-at-large of Out Zach Stafford tweeted the rumor, which was retweeted more than 13,000 times before he deleted it. He later posted a tweet explaining why he deleted his original viral tweet; his explanatory tweet was shared a total of seven times. Meanwhile, PinkNews writer Dominic Preston wrote a report on the rumors, which garnered more than 12,000 shares on Facebook.More.

Reality check: Fake news (rumour has it…) isn’t new. The fact that dying traditional media host it is new. That’s their problem, not the world’s, unless we choose to adopt it as they understand it, which means fighting to preserve them.

See also: Spotting fake news in traditional mainstream media

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