12 Of The Biggest Hoaxes Committed On Social Media

12. Fake Sports Journalist

Every winter and summer sees European sports journalists hit the headlines with transfer stories for the leading soccer clubs in the United Kingdom and abroad. People want to know which players their favorite teams will be bringing in or letting go, and so many respected journalists and pundits can see their audiences on Twitter and Facebook grow exponentially. This summer, a 16-year-old student managed to convince over 20,000 people on Twitter that he was a genuine reporter for The Times and The Daily Telegraph, with his completely made up transfer scoops being re-tweeted by prominent footballers and fan publications. Eventually, the teenager was proved to be fake when both papers announced that he was not employed by them, but only after he had fooled thousands into believing his transfer stories.
12. Fake Sports Journalist