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Were You Fooled By Any of the Internet’s Most Famous Hoaxes?

Updated 4 years ago

There is no faster, more efficient source of news in the modern day than the Internet, but, as you well know, not everyone is interested in telling the truth. In fact, it’s easier than ever for a prank or a hoax to go viral in the age of the Internet, and the more channels we have in which to communicate, the faster this nonsense can spread.

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Most of the hoaxes are promptly swept under the rug, especially as the Internet audience becomes more savvy, but there are plenty that have been propagated by countless sources as genuine news. You probably remember at least a few of them: Waterproof iPhones? That girl who was trying to twerk and lit herself on fire?

There are too many to count, but WhoIsHostingThis? shared an infographic earlier this week that highlights some of the most memorable. Check it out:

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.