Fake News: New Orleans Saints Did NOT Sign Colin Kaepernick To 5 Year Deal

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

An article titled "New Orleans Saints Sign Colin Kapernick to 5 year deal." was posted to prank webite trend-news.com by an unknown author, misspelling Kaepernick's name in the process. The full text of the hoax read:

The New Orleans Saints have signed controversial NFL
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a 5 year $67 Million dollar contract. More info on this story as it comes available.

Of course the news is false and Kaepernick remains unsigned following the controversy around him taking a knee during the national anthem before several games last season in protest against racial injustice.

Trend-news.com is a prank website where users can submit their own headline, description and photo to create realistic looking prank news articles.

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Users don't even need to upload their own image, there is a built-in search function that will pull an appropriate image from Google image search.

The site is part of a larger network of prank sites all using the same basic layout but sometimes in different languages. It appears to be run by a Belgian company named Mediavibes or Media Vibes which is managed by a man named Nicolas Gouriou according to registration records.

There is no need to get upset or contact the New Orleans Saints to voice your displeasure or support, the story is a hoax.

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  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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