false rumor

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But he offered some generalities about who propagates false news: A false rumor cascade was more likely to begin with a young, unverified account with a small number of followers.
SM Entertainment filed charges against the person who spread the false rumor online.
But according to Laha Magazine, in a press release, Diab's press office firmly denied the news of a health-scare, stating that the star was absolutely shocked by the false rumor.
Demonstrators said they were furious over what they deemed a false rumor, saying it had helped fuel violence in Bani Walid and stir up tribal enmity.
You remember [section] 23-50-104, circulation of false rumor injurious to bank?
Mido made a sensational claim on Tuesday that his Wigan teammate tried to spread a false rumor about the former's alleged outburst at being benched in the 1-1 draw with Zambia.
You can't sue the telephone company because someone called up all your friends and spread a false rumor about you.
The false rumor captures the pitfalls journalists encounter when they ignore the by-the-book approach Kalb so sternly advocates.
The letter goes on to declare that these rumors are not true, that publishing a knowingly false rumor is in itself defamation, and that while Cruise is not gay himself he "does not disapprove of people who lead a homosexual lifestyle.
Horner, a notorious rake who starts a false rumor that he is a eunuch in order to gain the confidence of suspicious husbands.
of his "wrong understanding" of the country caused by "the false rumor spread
While the jury is still out on the reason for the slide, it is speculated that some investors were acting on a false rumor that the drug would be turned down by the FDA, which had rejected the IMCL's first application in December 2001.