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This photo supposedly showing Lea Michele crying against Monteith’s coffin is a complete and utter hoax: http://bit.ly/15DfJG0

Why is Glee fandom sharing it?

This photo supposedly showing Lea Michele crying against Monteith’s coffin is a complete and utter hoax: http://bit.ly/15DfJG0

Why is Glee fandom sharing it?

What you’re about to read is a review of a KFC sandwich.

There is nothing sweet or savory about the rotting carcass of a chicken twisted and crushed with cruelty. There is nothing delicious about bloodmouth carnist food. How does it feel knowing your stomach is a graveyard?

This comes to Tumblr via vegan activist forfuturereferenceonly, who simply meant to make carnivores feel guilty but ended up, as one person pointed out, writing “the most METAL description of eating a chicken sandwich in the history of mankind.”

Click through to forfuturereferenceonly’s blog, and you’ll find it full of things like this: over-the-top rebuttals of generic Tumblr posts from complete strangers, either arguing in favor of veganism or a social justice agenda. The question is: Is forfuturereferenceonly (a.k.a. Tammi, “Androgyne/Proud Environmental Vegan/Born with two X chromosomes”) for real? Or is she a troll?

If you’re at all familiar with Tumblr’s social justice community, you may find it hard to be sure.

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What you’re about to read is a review of a KFC sandwich.

There is nothing sweet or savory about the rotting carcass of a chicken twisted and crushed with cruelty. There is nothing delicious about bloodmouth carnist food. How does it feel knowing your stomach is a graveyard?

This comes to Tumblr via vegan activist forfuturereferenceonly, who simply meant to make carnivores feel guilty but ended up, as one person pointed out, writing “the most METAL description of eating a chicken sandwich in the history of mankind.”

Click through to forfuturereferenceonly’s blog, and you’ll find it full of things like this: over-the-top rebuttals of generic Tumblr posts from complete strangers, either arguing in favor of veganism or a social justice agenda. The question is: Is forfuturereferenceonly (a.k.a. Tammi, “Androgyne/Proud Environmental Vegan/Born with two X chromosomes”) for real? Or is she a troll?

If you’re at all familiar with Tumblr’s social justice community, you may find it hard to be sure.

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The anatomy of a 4chan hoax

When the 4chan imageboard community helped make #cutforbieber a trending topic on Twitter and the subject of more than a half dozen news stories Monday, the world collectively gasped at the thought of Justin Bieber fans cutting themselves in response to a photo of the teenage heartthrob smoking marijuana. Yet underneath the shock and awe, 4chan’s first prank of the year was about more than just cheap laughs.

Since its inception nine years ago, 4chan has become known as the Internet’s sketchy male outhouse—a place where people can make crude jokes, show one another their penises, share their porn collections, and shock one another with gory photos, all under the guise of anonymity.

The site retained its smutty charm in 2012, but its tradition of schemes and pranks at the expense of other websites and the mainstream media took on a new level of sophistication. In the past six months, 4chan users rigged Time magazine’s Person of the Year poll in favor of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and made “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong" look like the most popular name for a new Mountain Dew flavor.

In recent years, 4chan has become best known as the site that spawned Anonymous, the hacktivist collective that spent 2012 cracking FBI databases, lending a helping hand to Syrians,  and seeking justice for a rape victim in Steubenville, Ohio.  

But while Anonymous may have been spawned by 4chan, it no longer necessarily calls it home. Major Anonymous mouthpieces, like the influential @YourAnonNews, have shifted largely to Twitter or other sites. Anonymous has become a sociopolitical force. 4chan, meanwhile, has returned to its roots—with a twist.

While most 4chan stunts have been for the lulz, Monday’s sinister hoax at the expense of impressionable Beleibers is an example of the community’s renewed obsession with manipulating the media into reporting on anything.

“I don’t think it’s at the children as it is the dum-dum tabloid media,” Anonymous expert Cole Stryker told the Daily Dot. “I think Anonymous is going to revert back to this playfully dark mentality … This stuff is way more fun than trying to bring down Tunisian government websites.”

The latest scheme started as most have, on the site’s random imageboard known as /b/, where users exchange foul language, violent images, and sexual content freely. The mission was to make the #cutforbieber hashtag trend on Twitter worldwide with photos of bloodied arms in response to one of Bieber smoking marijuana and “see if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.”
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The anatomy of a 4chan hoax

When the 4chan imageboard community helped make #cutforbieber a trending topic on Twitter and the subject of more than a half dozen news stories Monday, the world collectively gasped at the thought of Justin Bieber fans cutting themselves in response to a photo of the teenage heartthrob smoking marijuana. Yet underneath the shock and awe, 4chan’s first prank of the year was about more than just cheap laughs.

Since its inception nine years ago, 4chan has become known as the Internet’s sketchy male outhouse—a place where people can make crude jokes, show one another their penises, share their porn collections, and shock one another with gory photos, all under the guise of anonymity.

The site retained its smutty charm in 2012, but its tradition of schemes and pranks at the expense of other websites and the mainstream media took on a new level of sophistication. In the past six months, 4chan users rigged Time magazine’s Person of the Year poll in favor of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and made “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong" look like the most popular name for a new Mountain Dew flavor.

In recent years, 4chan has become best known as the site that spawned Anonymous, the hacktivist collective that spent 2012 cracking FBI databases, lending a helping hand to Syrians, and seeking justice for a rape victim in Steubenville, Ohio.

But while Anonymous may have been spawned by 4chan, it no longer necessarily calls it home. Major Anonymous mouthpieces, like the influential @YourAnonNews, have shifted largely to Twitter or other sites. Anonymous has become a sociopolitical force. 4chan, meanwhile, has returned to its roots—with a twist.

While most 4chan stunts have been for the lulz, Monday’s sinister hoax at the expense of impressionable Beleibers is an example of the community’s renewed obsession with manipulating the media into reporting on anything.

“I don’t think it’s at the children as it is the dum-dum tabloid media,” Anonymous expert Cole Stryker told the Daily Dot. “I think Anonymous is going to revert back to this playfully dark mentality … This stuff is way more fun than trying to bring down Tunisian government websites.”

The latest scheme started as most have, on the site’s random imageboard known as /b/, where users exchange foul language, violent images, and sexual content freely. The mission was to make the #cutforbieber hashtag trend on Twitter worldwide with photos of bloodied arms in response to one of Bieber smoking marijuana and “see if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.”
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4chan sparks sick #cutforbieber trend, causes real damage

The absolutely terrible #cutforbieber hashtag became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter on Monday, an unfortunate truth that owes its existence to the perpetually scheming deviants on 4chan.

Long known for their affinity for disturbing, often sexually graphic or violent content, 4chan users schemed the hashtag this morning, when an anonymous poster wrote on notorious Web forum /b/ that community members should “start a cut yourself for bieber campaign.”

“Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because bieber was smoking weed,” the individual wrote. “See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.”
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4chan sparks sick #cutforbieber trend, causes real damage

The absolutely terrible #cutforbieber hashtag became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter on Monday, an unfortunate truth that owes its existence to the perpetually scheming deviants on 4chan.

Long known for their affinity for disturbing, often sexually graphic or violent content, 4chan users schemed the hashtag this morning, when an anonymous poster wrote on notorious Web forum /b/ that community members should “start a cut yourself for bieber campaign.”

“Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because bieber was smoking weed,” the individual wrote. “See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.”
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Yeah, that trick to unmask anonymous Tumblr commenters? It’s a hoax.

Yeah, that trick to unmask anonymous Tumblr commenters? It’s a hoax.

How false Sandy news spread on Twitter

As Superstorm Sandy made her presence felt on the U.S. East Coast Monday evening, false news inevitably spread on Twitter.

In addition to a deluge of old or manipulated images purported to be legitimate instances of Sandy’s destruction, reports of flooding at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and intentional blackouts in Manhattan. What’s particularly notable is that much of this fake news was spread by one particular person, @ComfortablySmug.
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This isn’t a photo of soldiers guarding Arlington Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns during Hurricane Sandy. It was actually taken back in September.

This isn’t a photo of soldiers guarding Arlington Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns during Hurricane Sandy. It was actually taken back in September.

Was inspirational blogger David Rose just an elaborate hoax?

Inspirational blogger David Rose died Monday, reportedly losing his brief battle with pneumonia, but reports are coming in today that suggest the 24-year-old paraplegic never even existed in the first place.
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Was inspirational blogger David Rose just an elaborate hoax?

Inspirational blogger David Rose died Monday, reportedly losing his brief battle with pneumonia, but reports are coming in today that suggest the 24-year-old paraplegic never even existed in the first place.
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