Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lying click-bait articles with inaccurate photos

Examples of online content promotion services using inaccurate photos with their click-bait stories never cease.
The other day I documented a bunch of times recently that Revcontent and other services have used photos of live celebrities to promote articles on “celebrities you didn’t know were dead.” This is a deceitful practice that their customers should object to.
What follows are some more recent examples of lying click bait.

An article titled “‘The Brady Bunch’ After 40 Years: Jaw-Dropping!” used a photo of TV personality and fashion designer Lauren Conrad, who is too young to have been on the sitcom.

In a similar fashion, an article titled “29 Photos of Star Wars Cast Like Never Before!” used a photo of actress and cosplayer Maitland Ward dressed as slave Leia. Ward was not in the Star Wars movies.

Another article, titled “11 Popular White Celebrities Who Have Black Spouses!”, used a photo of TV personality Maria Menounos and former NFL player Michael Strahan. The two are not married to each other.

An article titled, “50 Rare Photos of The Middle East When People Had Freedom,” used a photo of U.S. pin-up model Bettie Page. The photo was taken in Miami Beach, Florida, according to AnOther magazine.

Another article, titled “20 Celebs You Never Knew Are Muslim,” used a photo of actress Angelina Jolie, who is not Muslim. She has been photographed wearing an hijab when she travels to Islamic countries as part of her duties as a U.N. goodwill ambassador.

Finally, here’s an article called “28 Stars You Forgot Were Transgender,” that implies that child actor Lee Norris is now actress, rapper, singer and model Chanel West Coast. Again, not true, they are separate people.

Other stories in the series:

The rise of lying click-bait photos with promoted articles (May 16, 2016)

More lying click-bait articles (June 5, 2016)

Lying click-bait articles: transgender celebrities and what actors look like today (June 22, 2016)

Lying click-bait articles: Dead celebrities edition (Aug. 10, 2016)

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