Website behind fake “80,000 ballot papers pre-marked ANC” article in deep trouble

boerseun

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There is a very thin line between satire and outright lies. Satire is supposed to be humorous or poking fun at. Making false accusations leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
 

boerseun

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I cannot remember seeing it there originally. I suspect it was added later.

True.
When I saw it for the first time I looked for indication that it was satire. Including going to the site's "about us"/"terms" page. Found nothing.
 

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I was about to post this. People do not read the "SATIRE" part and just believe its true. But good that they arrested them there are some things I believe that shouldn't be a joke especially in Africa.

Lol.... Who was arrested?
 

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There is a very thin line between satire and outright lies. Satire is supposed to be humorous or poking fun at. Making false accusations leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

It's not even satire, they hide behind satire. It is a website which sole purpose is to generate affiliate commission. The click-baits and lies are their niche they use as deception to get idiots on the site which hopefully will click and convert. Good thing is, since it's junk traffic and not targeted, the conversation rates are very low.

They're using a company called affiliatenetwork.co.za
and their affiliate id is 1544

Complain if you want, even complain direct to the brands.
 

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So the IEC is getting its panties in a knot over some satirical website. :rolleyes:
 

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Did they not see the tag as "SATIRE"?
These "satire" news sites are moronic and serve no real purpose. They provide no real entertainment value other than hearing somebody giving a loud sigh followed by a mouse click as they close the tab they accidentally opened.
 

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These "satire" news sites are moronic and serve no real purpose. They provide no real entertainment value other than hearing somebody giving a loud sigh followed by a mouse click as they close the tab they accidentally opened.

I like the Onion... maybe you just don't understand humor properly :erm:

The fake article here is not satire btw... whether they call it that or not.
 

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I like the Onion... maybe you just don't understand humor properly :erm:

The fake article here is not satire btw... whether they call it that or not.
Satire done right is awesome ( I have The Onion's Atlas/Encyclopaedia in my book case). Writing a stupid fake article and calling it "satire" is stupid.
 
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Yep.
Maybe they put "satire" there thinking they can't be then held accountable?

I still maintain that the word SATIRE was nowhere on that page on day one. I looked - as the post was reported as possibly a fake article posted on mybb. I made the call that it was fake based on my own common sense and from what I heard via some party officials (DA/ANC/EFF locally).
 

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http://www.theonion.com/
I don't see the word SATIRE anywhere in their articles. I also don't know where or if it says it's a satirical site. Seeing as they publish both real and fake news it seems to be a judgment call.

Oh look they also have an elections section: http://www.theonion.com/election-2016
Wonder if the Americans will have the same reaction.
 

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I still maintain that the word SATIRE was nowhere on that page on day one. I looked - as the post was reported as possibly a fake article posted on mybb. I made the call that it was fake based on my own common sense and from what I heard via some party officials (DA/ANC/EFF locally).
Don't recall seeing the word satire either, but then I never looked. I made the call that it was fake based on the fact that Zille's face was next to DA.
 

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http://www.theonion.com/
I don't see the word SATIRE anywhere in their articles. I also don't know where or if it says it's a satirical site. Seeing as they publish both real and fake news it seems to be a judgment call.

Oh look they also have an elections section: http://www.theonion.com/election-2016
Wonder if the Americans will have the same reaction.

It's all satire.

They did publish actual news once, but it was accidental. http://theweek.com/speedreads/567673/onion-accidentally-breaks-real-news-story
 
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