Read at The Athletic
False stories about Manchester United have gained traction on social media, despite being completely made up. Many of these stories go viral and are shared around the world due to the club's popularity. Social media accounts and individuals profit from publishing fake news about the club, while others suffer financially as their photographs are stolen and used without credit or permission. The prevalence of fake news about Manchester United highlights the need for greater accountability and verification on social media platforms.
"I've seen my photos taken, my name taken off my work and false quotes put over my photos by these accounts... They're parasites."
One individual, Valentine Denoni, admits to creating false stories about Manchester United as clickbait content, knowingly spreading misinformation. This highlights the dangerous consequences of fake news, as it can mislead and deceive fans. The widespread publication and consumption of fake news related to Manchester United underscores the urgent need for better fact-checking and regulation on social media platforms.
'I create a clickbait related to the articles'