According to a report that it is currently making its way around the interwebs, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have announced that they are moving to the seaside city of Newport, Rhode Island. My initial reaction to this ‘news’ was ‘would anybody really care’? But, given that I have already received a number of questions and comments about the supposed move and the report apparently has brangelina fans all agog, quite a number of people apparently not only care but are taking the report seriously.
But, in fact, the story is a work of fiction that originates from a ‘satirical’ fake-news website called ‘The Mckenzie Post’. Brad and Angelina have made no such announcement. The site includes the following disclaimer on its contact page:
The McKenzie Post is the premiere fantasy news site in the world! All news articles on mckenziepost.com are satire or pure fantasy.
And, for the record, there are no credible news or entertainment reports that support the claim that Brad and Angelina are moving to Newport.
The same fake-news site has recently published a series of similar – and equally false – reports claiming that other stars, including Justin Bieber, Clint Eastwood, and Taylor Swift have announced sudden and unexpected moves to various locations. The style and presentation of the articles on the site indicate that it tends to use a series of generic story templates and fluff them out by adding in details about various celebrities.
The site presents its content in news format and hides its disclaimer under the ‘Contact Us’ page where many visitors will never see it. Thus, a lot of the site’s readers are apt to share the fake reports in good faith.
More and more of these clickbait fake-news sites are appearing online. It always pays to verify any strange or unusual ‘news’ reports that cross your social media feeds or inboxes before you share them.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Moving to Newport, Rhode IslandThe seaside city of Newport, Rhode Island, 30 miles south of Providence, known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions is reportedly about to be the new home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Though they have a home in France and are still looking for a home in the UK they’ve decided to move back to the US to be closer to Hollywood, but not too close.
Last updated: March 3, 2016
First published: March 3, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!