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Trending Video: Is 'Social Media Starlet Quitting Social Media' Fake?

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 08:29:08 Z)

Now we just don't know anymore. We wrote about Essena O'Neill's trending video in which the Australian social media starlet vowed to quit social media like Instagram because it was all about faking it for likes, views and clicks. Back then she vowed to only use her remaining YouTube channel to talk about 'real' issues. Since then she has apparently also deleted her YouTube channel.

Now two of her (presumably former after this) friends Nina and Randa Nelson have posted another video in which they claim the first video was just a hoax to get more attention. The Daily Mail has more on the story. In any case, this second video seems to be getting a lot of social media attention as well, judging by these charts produced by Lead Stories' Trendolizer™:

Lead Stories' Trendolizerâ„¢ constantly scours social networks worldwide for trending posts about quitting social media. Scroll down to see the latest.

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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