false story

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So by means of a false story made up on the spur of the moment, it was easy enough to get hold of a dervish's dress, which the prince at once put on, instead of his own.
The scientists calculated that the average false story takes about 10 hours to reach 1,500 Twitter users, versus about 60 hours for the truth.
Report riddled with factual inaccuracies & presents a concocted & mischievous false story.
Pressed to solve a crime, they arrest innocent persons and concoct a false story and earn plaudits.
The only hope for mitigating the impact of these false stories is going to lie in the ability of media consumers to be able to detect a false story from a genuine one and further, to limit the proliferation of these false stories.
Columnist Yen Makabenta tried to hype up the false story about Ambassador Nikki Haley by calling her a superstar.
He asked the bench to mention any false story published by his media group.
Of the most popular stories to spread during the campaign were claims that Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS while she was serving as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama and a false story about the pope endorsing Trump.
BRADLEY LOWERY'S PARENTS HAD TO TAKE TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO BEG PEOPLE TO STOP SHARING FALSE POSTS ABOUT BRADLEY AFTER THE LADBIBLE POSTED A FALSE STORY SAYING BRADLEY HAD LOST HIS FIGHT AGAINST CANCER.
In addition, the Qatar News Agency's hacked Twitter account carried a false story in Arabic apparently from the country's foreign minister, about Qatar withdrawing its ambassadors from several nearby countries.
Officials say a series of errors kept the false story afloat.
They included a false story that the Pope had endorsed Donald Trump, and another, also untrue, that Hillary Clinton had sold weapons to ISIS.