Fake News: Richard Dawkins Did NOT Join Cast of Love Island

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Richard Dawkins Did NOT Join Cast of Love Island

Will Richard Dawkins participate in the dating show Love Island? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a satirical website, is is not real.

The story appeared an article published by The Daily Mash on May 30, 2018 titled "Richard Dawkins joins cast of Love Island" (archived here) which opened:

RICHARD Dawkins will take part in the new series of Love Island, it has emerged.

The former Oxford professor and strident atheist will attempt to win £50,000 as a contestant on the dating show, where he plans to woo bikini-clad women with swingeing critiques of intelligent design and creationism.

An ITV spokesman said: "Richard loves the show, because what could be more Darwinian than a weekly public vote based on how fit you are.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Richard Dawkins joins cast of Love Island

RICHARD Dawkins will take part in the new series of Love Island, it has emerged.

In reality Dawkins' name does not appear on the site listing the contestants of the show which will be aired on ITV starting June 4, 2018:

Love Island

Caroline Flack is preparing for one big loved-up summer as she sends a host of sexy singles off into the sunshine for the holiday of a lifetime.

That, and 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.

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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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