Fake News: Russia DID NOT Ban Meryl Streep Movies

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Several websites started "reporting" that the Russian government had banned all Meryl Streep movies with no other reason given than that Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Streep was "overrated".

Of course none of it is true: the story originated with the satirical Borowitz Report section of The New Yorker and was meant to poke fun at the supposedly good relationship between President Elect Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The (fake) putin quote echoes Trump's tweets after Meryl Streep criticized him during a recent speech at the Golden Globe awards:

The satirical article took off wildly, as this graph generated using Trendolizer shows:

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder 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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