Brussels has banned waterproof jackets, Slovakia stops gas supplies to Ukraine

Two recent examples of hoaxes show how “alternative media” manipulate and chase likes on old and distorted stories.

Slovakia stopped gas flow to Ukriane is a hoaxSlovakia stopped gas flow to Ukriane is a hoax(Source: Sputnik)

Is this the end of waterproof clothing? The EU decided that it harms people, and bang! Here comes the ban. The story with this bizarre headline was published recently on Facebook by five disinformation media sites simultaneously – Kanály AC24.cz, Stop Mediální Manipulaci (Stop the Media Manipulation), Svět Kolem Nás (The World around Us) and Česi a Slováci Podporujú Ruský Krym (Czechs and Slovak Support Russian Crimea). The next day, the Facebook site Sloveni followed suit. The text comes from the Lajkit.cz server, which took the story from the Eurozpravy.cz disinformation website.

The story is noteworthy for two reasons: it is grossly distorted and it is a wonderful example of how “alternative” media collect likes on Facebook.

We will not get wet

No, waterproof clothes will not come to an end. The European Commission only banned the use of a group of chemicals – i.e. perfluorinated compounds (PFC). These substances are used today to create the textile known under the brand name Gore-Tex. Several bigger clothing companies use these substances in their products and will soon have to find a replacement for this compound. However, it will take several years for this ban to take full effect. The Eurozpravy.cz website admits this fact but published this information along with the absurd and speculative headline that waterproof clothes will come to an end.

Claiming that the EU decided that perfluorinated compounds are detrimental to health is troublesome, too: the harmfulness of a chemical does not depend on the decision of any European body.

Slovakia has not stopped gas to Ukraine; but a distrainment order does really exist Ministry knows nothing, distrainment order exists

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Dual quality in the EU will be punished

Slovakia’s Agriculture Ministry welcomed the change, calling it a victory.

Food prices keep falling.

Blog: Bringing top business minds and students together

Martin Kardoš of CSI Leasing introduces the Mentor Network Program aimed at pairing young talents with experienced mentors from the business world.

Martin Kardoš, Managing Director CEE at CSI Leasing, at one of the Mentor Network Program events.

Blog: What about parking slots for “brains”?

Will the state of biomedical research trigger reactions at least half as passionate as Bratislava's parking policy?

Illustrative stock photo