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There is no such thing as the Denver Guardian, despite that Facebook post you saw

  • The “Denver Guardian” is not a real news source and definitely isn’t Denver’s oldest news source.
  • The only problem is that there is no such thing as “The Denver Guardian” and the news story it “reported” never happened.
  • The false story is one of thousands of fake news stories being circulated around Facebook by fly-by-night “hyperpartisan” sites this election cycle, according an investigation by Buzzfeed News .
  • The story is the only story showing up under the “News” section and all other sections are turning up errors.
  • The site looks suspiciously like “The Baltimore Gazette,” another fake news site that The Baltimore City Paper called out in September for sharing a false news story about police violence and breastfeeding.

On Nov. 5, a story by “The Denver Guardian” began circulating on Facebook with the headline “FBI AGENT SUSPECTED IN HILLARY EMAIL LEAKS FOUND DEAD IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE.” The Denver Guardian, however, does not exist and the story never happened.

@mattdpearce: Look at this brazen, amazing garbage. Facebook has become the world’s leading distributor of lies.

The “Denver Guardian” is not a real news source and definitely isn’t Denver’s oldest news source.

On Nov. 5, a story began circulating on Facebook (at points gaining 100 shares per minute) with the headline “FBI AGENT SUSPECTED IN HILLARY EMAIL LEAKS FOUND DEAD IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE,” and hosted at denverguardian.com.

The only problem is that there is no such thing as “The Denver Guardian” and the news story it “reported” never happened.

Let’s run down the list of red flags:

This story is the only story showing up under the “News” section and all other sections are turning up errors.

This false story is one of thousands of fake news stories being circulated around Facebook by fly-by-night “hyperpartisan” sites this election cycle, according an investigation by Buzzfeed News.

A second investigation showed that many of the sites spreading the fake news have been created by teens in Macedonia looking to profit off of supporters (and detractors) of Donald Trump.

The teens tried to make pages for Bernie Sanders and other left-leaning politicians, but “people in America prefer to read news about Trump,” according to one Macedonian 16-year-old.

On Nov. 6, Vox posted a story tackling the expected long-term damage this flood of fake news on Facebook could have on democracy and what they say is the social media giant’s responsibility to tackle, sooner than later.

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Updated Nov. 6, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. to provide additional detail.

There is no such thing as the Denver Guardian, despite that Facebook post you saw