Popular hoaxes and fake news in the European media

The faker-in-chief exposing disinformation in Slovakia

Government ministries need long-term communication strategies to debunk hoaxes, says Jakub Goda, who set out to expose how fake news gets produced in Slovakia and now formulates anti-disinformation campaigns for the…Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 8. Oct 2020, at 8:00

Jakub Goda

Health Ministry moves against disinformation

The website had recently “openly induced people to avoid and not follow” government-mandated measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 11. Sep 2020, at 9:00

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Slovaks believe conspiracy theories more than their neighbours. Why?

Slovakia needs to improve citizens' critical thinking, but 'questioning more' can be a trap.Michaela Terenzani, 5. Mar 2019, at 16:56

Disinformation websites are the main source of fake news. Politicians help spread hoaxes too.

Slovak children kidnapped? No!

Thousands have shared the latest hoax on the abduction of children on social media. The police warn that scaremongering is criminal act.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Jan 2019, at 14:00

Slovaks have lately panicked on social media over the kidnapping of children, which has turned out to be a hoax.

The Kremlin is seen behind the feminist video

Viral video from subway has a suspicious source.Monika Bartošová31. Oct 2018, at 13:37

Has feminism exceeded the limit of common sense? This is also the way how you can read the video that Russia has launched.

Czech politician warns against non-existent disease

Tens of thousands of people have seen Tomio Okamura's fake news video.Marcela Rebrová30. Oct 2018, at 7:48

Tomio Okamura

Charlatan hunter: People want immediate results, then they believe in pool chemistry “treatment”

Maroš Rudnay, young doctor who disproves health-related hoaxes, explains which of them are especially dangerous and why.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 27. Sep 2018, at 16:10

Fake news: Do young Slovaks believe what they read?

Fact-checking does not suffice and it is necessary to work with values young people believe in, says analyst.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 14. Feb 2018, at 15:30

Young people cannot imagine life without the internet or mobiles.

EU lawyers claiming the Russian annexation of Crimea as legal is a hoax

One lawyer does not mean all EU lawyers; immigrants attacking a shepherd dog and HAARP causing hurricanes in the US are hoaxes, too.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Oct 2017, at 12:00

Hoax on immigrants attackign two German shepdherds and ebing bitten yb them

UN is not preparing a depopulation plan

Last week's hoaxes.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Jul 2017, at 7:45

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Cracked watermelon will not give you cancer

Do not trust the hoax that tells you it will - and other hoaxes that appeared on the Slovak internet this week.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Jul 2017, at 14:54

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Extremists share news about a non-existent village

The Slovak Spectator brings the selection of hoaxes that appeared on the internet in Slovak language over the past two weeks.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Jul 2017, at 14:41

Roma settlement in Markušovce

Do migrants earn hundreds of euros more than Slovaks for the same jobs?

Only in fake news. This is the selection of hoaxes that appeared over the past week.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Jun 2017, at 21:06

Refugees on a train in Hungary.

Why (not) Rezník?

The top job at RTVS is too important to hand to a deeply compromised candidate.Michaela Terenzani, 21. Jun 2017, at 14:46

The RTVS radio building

Is new RTVS director a threat to media freedom?

Media watchdogs say Jaroslav Rezník has proved friendly towards politicians in the past and has no scruples about considering pro-Russian propaganda news a fit source of information.Michaela Terenzani, 20. Jun 2017, at 22:25

Jaroslav Rezník

250-million-years old microchip from Russia is fake news

The Slovak Spectator brings you a selection of hoaxes from the past week.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Jun 2017, at 16:07

The toll collection should start functioning after January 1, 2009 for vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes.

HIV infection threat appears again in "fake news"

This is a selection of hoaxes shared by Slovak internet users over the past week.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Jun 2017, at 7:20

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Conspiracy magazine is prosecuted

Its publisher is suspected of inciting hatred against Jews.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Jun 2017, at 22:54

The conspiracy magazine ZEM & VEK.

Supermarkets have to fight hoaxes too

The Slovak Spectator brings you a selection of hoaxes that appeared over the past week.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Jun 2017, at 6:25

Why the war between Facebook and Brussels is inevitable

The first shot has been fired in the regulation war that will shape the future of Europe.Ondrej Podstupka1. Jun 2017, at 9:53

Mark Zuckerberg