- Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-winning ‘Dear Basketball’ is now available to stream for free 3 Years Ago
- ‘Joker’ ad compares Todd Phillips to Gandhi 3 Years Ago
- Mom learned about her special needs son’s abuse by seeing TikTok video Today 11:21 AM
- Influencer gets revenge on her male trolls with Instagram account Today 10:32 AM
- Conservatives are frothing over a Ukraine joke told on CNN Today 10:26 AM
- Dua Lipa isn’t canceled—but her fans are defending her in #DuaLipaIsOverParty like she is Today 9:21 AM
- These YouTube videos claim to show the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash (they don’t) Today 9:08 AM
- More than 40 colleges say they won’t use facial recognition on campus Today 8:32 AM
- LeBron’s Instagram tribute to Kobe is devastating Today 7:56 AM
- ‘Rise of Empires: Ottoman’ is ‘Game of Thrones’ for history buffs Today 7:00 AM
- People on Twitter ask whose ancestors would’ve passed immigrant ‘wealth test’ Monday 6:54 PM
- Kobe Bryant helicopter crash mocked in teen’s TikTok video Monday 6:38 PM
- Chiefs, Bears, Packers have Twitter accounts hacked Monday 3:48 PM
- Washington Post reporter suspended amid backlash over Kobe Bryant tweet Monday 3:08 PM
- America is united in hating Ken Starr’s impeachment hat Monday 3:01 PM
Mark Zuckerberg has been under fire all week for downplaying Facebook’s problem with fake news. Reports from mainstream news sources confirmed the issue, but Zuckerberg didn’t budge. Maybe parody news sites will have better luck—they’ve come up with a clever, ironic way to get through to him.
Let’s see how comfortable Zuckerberg is with defending fake news now that it’s about him. The very good trend of Zuck parody posts ranges from completely unbelievable (Gawker spoof site Gawken’s “five Zuckerberg clones” story) to briefly convincing (Zuckerberg dead at 32?!).
Celebrity death hoaxes have always been one of the easiest categories of fake news to spread. You can go to garbage sites like Mediamass and find a fairly convincing death report for any celebrity, including Zuckerberg. The site even has an “updated” version of the story that claims the celebrity was the victim of a social media death hoax—a self-fulfilling prophecy.
If botching a U.S. presidential election wasn’t enough to convince Zuckerberg that the costs of fake news outweigh the profits, some parody news stories aren’t going to do the trick. They’re a really funny way of pointing out how deep his willful obtuseness runs, though.
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.