Polls Show Divided Opinion on Trump's "Golden Shower Gate" & Russia Ties Report

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

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BuzzFeed posted a report yesterday that claimed Donald Trump had deep ties with the Russian government, including the fact that they held compromising material about him involving prostitutes peeing on a hotel bed in Moscow. The scandal was quickly dubbed #GoldenShowerGate by wags on twitter.

The veracity of the report could not be confirmed and BuzzFeed actually admitted as much in the first paragraph of the article:

The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.

Quickly more doubts started to emerge about the report and competing claims soon sprang up that it was actually a fabrication based on fake information coming from someone on the infamous 4chan messaging board.

So who to believe? We asked our readers via two very scientifc polls on Twitter*

* Polls are unverified and the results contain errors.


  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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