Fake News: Trump Did NOT Expel 60 Russian Porn Stars

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Trump Did NOT Expel 60 Russian Porn Stars

Did President Donald Trump expel 60 Russian porn stars from the United States as a retalliation for the recent Stormy Daniels interview in which the pornstar claimed to have had an affair with him? If that sounds just a little too crazy to be true you would be right, the story comes from a satirical website.

It was published on March 27, 2018 by The Daily Mash under the headline "Trump expels 60 Russian porn stars" (archived here). The spoof opened:

DONALD Trump has expelled 60 top Russian adult movie stars from the US in response to the Stormy Daniels TV interview.

The White House confirmed the move saying that Trump had hand-picked the actors to be repatriated from a list that just happened to be on his computer.

The article as it would be visible on social media was clearly a spoof on the real news that Trump expelled 60 Russian diplomats over a nerve gas attack in the U.K.

Compare:

Trump expels 60 Russian porn stars

DONALD Trump has expelled 60 top Russian adult movie stars from the US in response to the Stormy Daniels TV interview.

and

Trump expelling 60 Russian diplomats in wake of UK attack

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats the US identified as intelligence agents and the closure of a Russian consulate in Seattle in response to Russia's alleged use of a nerve agent in the United Kingdom.

We wrote about thedailymash.co.uk and their satirical articles before, here is an overview of our earlier coverage:

The Daily Mash is a satirical website from the U.K. which sports following disclaimer on its about page:

About the Daily Mash

The Daily Mash is a satirical website which publishes spoof articles, i.e. it is all made-up and is not intended, in any way whatsoever, to be taken as factual. Glad we've got that sorted.

Their articles are generally quite funny but now and then they get interpreted as real news by people who don't know better.

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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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