The most disgusting and clearly fake headline was posted today on Yahoo! News, saying “Donald Trump fucked his daughter in the ass while firing a gun and screaming the n-word.”
The post did come from the Yahoo finance department, but whether this was just a prank or a serious attempt to pass this headline off as news we do not know yet. Most likely, an editor somewhere got fired for letting that one slip.
The headline linked to a totally different page on the finance section, but the article had no mention of any of the sex acts described in the above headline.
The Daily Caller reports:
The obviously fake and clearly misleading headline is possible because of a feature that is supposed to make content publisher’s lives easier. Instead, publishers are unable to prevent other Pages they do not manage from changing the headline of shared content.
Facebook Page administrators are able to edit the headline and subhead of any article they publish on their Page, but individuals cannot do that on their personal profiles.
At one time, Facebook allowed anyone to edit headlines of news articles before sharing them. The headline and subtitle editing feature lasted four years, from 2011 to 2015, when Facebook limited the edit feature to Pages.
A spokesman for Facebook told The Daily Caller News Foundation on background that the headline editing feature is intended to allow Page owners to change the headlines on their own stories.
But anyone can create a Facebook Page, take a link from any URL, and theoretically publish news articles with any headline they wish, meaning ridiculously fake headlines like the one above could be shared to look like real news.