Not Everything is Believable

Just because it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck is no reason to believe it is a duck. This week a webpage – made to look like a New York Times article down to typefaces, page design and even bylines – circulated on social media claiming a hold-out endorser had indeed, and finally, come down on the side of one of the presidential candidates. The phony article appeared originally on Clone Zone, a website that allows users to make “clones” that appear to be other, established sites. Analysts need to be aware of this site and the potential it poses for making false information look real. The article about the deception appears at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/01/us/fake-new-york-times-article-claims-elizabeth-warren-endorsed-bernie-sanders.html?mabReward=CTM&moduleDetail=recommendations-0&action=click&contentCollection=Politics&region=Footer&module=WhatsNext&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&src=recg&pgtype=article

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