Editor of @BuzzFeedCanada, craig.silverman@buzzfeed.com. Super analista del web (La Repubblica). Covering online hoaxes and fake news.

No, CNN Did Not Shade Demi Lovato By Calling Her A "Twitter Personality"

buzzfeed.com — DemiLovato on support for those w/ mental illness: "This is not about politics. It's simply the right thing to do" https://t.co/uuwOSHmRoi - CNN (@CNN) 2. This person tweeted what appeared to be a screengrab of a chyron identifying Lovato as "a former Disney act and current Twitter personality." 3.

This Guy Took A Pic Of A Ghost Pokémon Spawning Above A Dead Raccoon And It's The Most Toronto Thing Ever

buzzfeed.com — 1. Corbin Smith was out grocery shopping and playing Pokémon Go when he saw an unfortunately common sight in Toronto: A dead raccoon lying in the street. "I thought 'Oh, that would be a rather gruesome Pokemon Go photo,'" he told BuzzFeed Canada.

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People Love This Guy's Shitty Real Estate Ad

buzzfeed.com — He recently took his wordplay to another level for an ad in bathroom stalls. Rauf said no one has actually called him from a bathroom stall yet. But once he was having dinner at one of the halls and three people at his table were texted the ad by friends during the meal.

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These People Say The Kimye-Taylor Feud Is All Just An Illuminati Plot So Wake Up, Sheeple

buzzfeed.com — She later tweeted a statement that the photo layout was "just a cool design I saw on one of those [Instagram] collage apps." Suuuuure it was... So when this latest dust up between Kim, Taylor Swift, and Kanye happened, the conspiracy theorists were ready to declare it just the latest in a long-running Illuminati psyop hoax perpetrated by the Kardashians.

People Think Facebook Banned Sarah Palin For Calling Black Lives Matter "Thugs"

buzzfeed.com — Jason Connolly / AFP / Getty Images "Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin received a 30-day provisional Facebook ban, after calling Black Lives Matter protesters 'thugs' over the weekend," read the story from NationalReport.net. Wait, Palin makes comments on a radio show and then gets banned from Facebook? That doesn't make any sense.

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That Story About Pokémon Go Causing A Major Highway Accident Is A Hoax

buzzfeed.com — The story claimed that a 26-year-old man in Massachusetts was responsible for "causing one of the worst highway accidents after stopping in the middle of the highway to catch a Pikachu." Well, no. It's a hoax. The article was published on CartelPress.com, a fake news website run by the same people behind Huzlers, another long time source of hoaxes.

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Jul 29, 2016

.@JesseBrown But also I'm off today and I think I answered your initial concern. Happy to talk about it more another time if that's ok.

Jul 29, 2016

.@JesseBrown I think the brand logo and sponsored byline is key, yeah. Also think edit pieces read as coming form a person rather than brand

Jul 29, 2016

@briancotie @JesseBrown @katangus Yeah, it's done all the time. A staffer likes a show so they write a post other fans will relate to.

Jul 29, 2016

@JesseBrown @katangus I know, instead of asking you just insinuated it. Kat watches and likes Canadian TV. Stranger things have happened!

Jul 29, 2016

@JesseBrown @katangus And if you asking whether we make decisions about what to write based on ads, the answer is 100% no.

Jul 29, 2016

@JesseBrown @katangus This is a really common BF format for writing about a show a staffer likes. You can find lots of them on the site.

Jul 29, 2016

.@JesseBrown @katangus No, editorial employees do not write sponsored content. Sponsored content also carries the brand's name as the byline

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