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OwnerPaul Horner (defunct) was a fake news website which mimicked the URL, design and logo of the ABC News website.[1][2] Many stories from were widely shared before being debunked.[3]

The website's disclaimer page gave the address of the Westboro Baptist Church as its primary location.[4]

Paul Horner, the late owner of the site, claimed to make $10,000 per month from advertising traffic.[5][6]

Examples of fake news stories[edit] promulgated stories about prominent figures and organizations, including:

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  1. ^ Murtha, Jack (May 26, 2016). "How fake news sites frequently trick big-time journalists". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Osmundsen, Mathias; Bor, Alexander; Vahlstrup, Peter Bjerregaard; Bechmann, Anja; Petersen, Michael Bang (May 7, 2021). "Partisan Polarization Is the Primary Psychological Motivation behind Political Fake News Sharing on Twitter". American Political Science Review. Cambridge University Press. 115 (3): 999–1015. doi:10.1017/S0003055421000290. ISSN 0003-0554. S2CID 235527523.
  3. ^ a b "Here's how to outsmart fake news in your Facebook feed". KXLH. Archived from the original on 2016-11-20. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Contact - ABC News". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2016-11-20. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Jacobson, Louis (November 17, 2016). "No, someone wasn't paid $3,500 to protest Donald Trump; it's fake news". Politifact. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Dewey, Caitlin (November 17, 2016). "Facebook fake-news writer: 'I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me'". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Woody, Christopher (July 9, 2016). "Mexico's government shut down rumors of 'El Chapo' Guzmán's escape with this one photo". Business Insider. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Routhier, Ray (June 5, 2016). "Katy Perry's moving to Maine?! No, actually. Fake news strikes again". The Portland Press Herald. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Wade, Peter (March 12, 2016). "Don't Believe the Fake Reports. The Church of Scientology Is Still Tax Exempt". Esquire. Retrieved May 17, 2018.

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