Faking News

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Faking News
Faking News logo.png
Type News Satire
Format Newspaper
Owner(s) Network 18 Group
Founder(s) Rahul Roushan
Founded September 15, 2008 (2008-09-15)
Website fakingnews.com

Faking News, originally started as a form of blog,[1] is an Indian news satire website that publishes fake news reports containing satire on politics and society of India.[2][3] It is a critique of mainstream news media in India.[4] The website also publishes occasional serious articles related to television journalism in India. The website was launched on September 15, 2008.[5]

It was founded by Rahul Roushan, a Delhi based management consultant, known by the pseudonym Pagal Patrakar, a Hindi term that literally translates to 'crazy journalist' in English.[2][6] Faking News is one of the few websites or blogs in India using the tools of sarcasm and humour to publish news satire, as is widely done in the western countries, a trend pioneered by The Onion of the US.

On 31 May 2013, it was announced that Faking News had been acquired by Network 18-led First Post.[7]

News taken seriously[edit]

Two of the fake news reports by Faking News, "Unable to attract even a single girl, frustrated man sues Axe"[2][8] and "Men talking loud on mobile during movies have smaller penises", were mistaken as being genuine and factual news reports by an Indian website Indiainfo.com on October 21, 2009 and were republished on their website.[9][10] Subsequently, the Axe story was republished by many other websites and blogs in countries other than India, mistaking it to be a true story,[11][12][13][14][15][16] latest being by The Times of India on May 27, 2011[17] and on September 25, 2011[18] making it an urban legend.[19] Another Faking News report titled "Unable to figure out Google Wave, youngster kills himself"[2] was mistaken as being true by an Indian website Oneindia.in on November 10, 2009.[20] Another instance of a Faking News article being taken seriously took place on December 22, 2013, when a satire article "IRCTC website running slow due to fog: committee report" was published as real news report by news magazine India Today.[21] In another instance on May 28, 2014, legal team of BJP leader Nitin Gadkari quoted a Faking News article in their defence, mistaking it as a true news report, while arguing a defamation case.[22]


  • Faking News' Rahul Roushan created a full page 'Parody Times' in India's leading newspaper Hindustan Times on September 2, 2012 as a spoof of a front page of the same newspaper.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Affle appoints Rahul Roushan as head, content services afaqs.com. Retrieved 17 February 2013
  2. ^ a b c d What a fake! thehindu.com. Retrieved 25 March 2013
  3. ^ Piquant Punch outlookindia.com. Retrieved 17 February 2013
  4. ^ Faking News: Making stuff up has never been so fun cnn.com. Retrieved 19 May 2013
  5. ^ About Us | Faking News- About us fakingnews.com. Retrieved 17 February 2013
  6. ^ Exclusive Interview with Pagal Patrakar of Faking News blog.blogadda.com. Retrieved 17 February 2013
  7. ^ "Faking News is now a part of Network 18's Firstpost". India. 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  8. ^ ABC Media Watch: Loveless Fake Attracts the Media abc.net.au. Retrieved 19 May 2013
  9. ^ Man sues Axe, as unable to get girl - Indiainfo.com (now removed)
  10. ^ Loud men have smaller penises - Indiainfo.com (now removed)
  11. ^ Demanda a Axe porque no conquistó chicas - Mexican website
  12. ^ Fick inga brudar – stämmer Axe - Swedish website
  13. ^ Man sues Lynx after failing to pull in seven years - The Daily Record
  14. ^ Man sues over lack of 'Lynx effect' - Ananova (now removed)
  15. ^ After seven unlucky years, man sues for Axe 'failure' - The Australian (now removed)
  16. ^ Man sues Lynx after \failing to get girl - ninemsn (now removed)
  17. ^ Deo ads face the Axe effect (last paragraph) - The Times of India
  18. ^ The bottomline: How far can naughty go? (fourth paragraph) - The Times of India
  19. ^ 'Axe Effect' Lawsuit in India a Hoax - Asylum.com
  20. ^ Vadodara youth kills himself over Google Wave - OneIndia.com (now removed)
  21. ^ Fog hits IRCTC website, claims committee report - India Today
  22. ^ When Gadkari’s legal team thought a Faking News story was real
  23. ^ Spoof Alert Hindustan Times

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