Facebook Made This Sketchy Website’s Fake Story A Top Trending Topic

EndingTheFed.com is filled with dubious articles taken from other right-wing websites.

For much of Sunday and into Monday, Fox News host Megyn Kelly was one of the top Trending Topics on Facebook. Her name appeared in the sidebar seen by Facebook users in the United States:

For much of Sunday and into Monday, Fox News host Megyn Kelly was one of the top Trending Topics on Facebook. Her name appeared in the sidebar seen by Facebook users in the United States:

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If you hovered your mouse over her name, up popped a story claiming that Kelly had been “kicked out” of Fox News “for backing Hillary.” The story was from a site called EndingTheFed.com – and it’s false.

EndingTheFed.com was anonymously registered by its current owner in March of this year. The site has grown quickly thanks to a strategy of publishing aggressively pro-Trump, right wing stories. Even more notable is that the majority of its recent stories are simply taken word-for-word from other right-wing sites.

That means Facebook, the largest social network on the planet, actively promoted a fake story from a website that basically exists to republish other, often dubious, posts from fringe sites on the conservative web.

It’s unclear whether Ending The Fed has permission to republish content from other sites, or if it’s committing mass plagiarism. BuzzFeed News contacted the site but has not heard back. Facebook declined to comment on the record about how the story made it to the Trending Topics list.

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Even before Facebook gave it a boost, Ending The Fed was getting big hits on the social network. The site’s top five stories have together racked up over 1.2 million likes, shares, and comments since May:

Even before Facebook gave it a boost, Ending The Fed was getting big hits on the social network. The site's top five stories have together racked up over 1.2 million likes, shares, and comments since May:

The top story is a word-for-word reprint of this story, while the (partially false, partially true) claim about Obama cutting military pay is taken from here.

It’s unclear whether Ending The Fed’s success on Facebook in recent months caused it to be selected as the top story for the Megyn Kelly Trending Topic. On Friday, Facebook announced it was no longer using humans to write the summaries that accompany Trending Topics, though human engineers would be reviewing the topics selected by the algorithm.

Facebook previously announced measures to try and reduce the spread of fake news on its platform, but a BuzzFeed News report found that false stories continue to receive strong engagement.

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Ending The Fed often republishes false stories. The same day it ran the Kelly story it also incorrectly reported that NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick had converted to Islam:

Ending The Fed often republishes false stories. The same day it ran the Kelly story it also incorrectly reported that NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick had converted to Islam:

Ending The Fed’s story was a word-for-word repost of this from Clash Daily, which claimed Kaepernick had converted. That post was based on a claim from a sports gossip website, which cited anonymous “people close to the player” who said Kepernick is going to become Muslim.

Kaepernick recently attracted criticism after he refused to stand for the national anthem before a football game; he has said nothing about converting to Islam.

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When it comes to LGBTQ acceptance, female athletes are years ahead of the men.

As stigma surrounding gay athletes has diminished, men remain reluctant to come out.

 

An estimated 50 LGBTQ athletes from around the world will compete during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

It makes these 2016 games, quite literally, the gayest Olympics in modern history with more than double the number that Outsports reported participating in the 2012 games.

What does this tell us? Nothing, really. It’s not as though there’s been some recent flood of gay and bisexual athletes into the world of elite sports over the past four years. Rather, it’s far more likely that LGBTQ athletes have been part of the Olympics all along, just closeted.

That we’re seeing such an increase in the number of out athletes is a testament to an overall increased acceptance of LGBTQ people. Obviously, the level of acceptance can vary wildly by country, but for the most part, things are going in a pretty positive direction. After all, being able to be true to yourself is a good thing, whether you’re an athlete, accountant, or astronaut.

Four of the 12 members of the U.S. women’s national basketball team are gay.

Elena Delle Donne, Angel McCoughtry, Brittney Griner, and Seimone Augustus are four of the greatest basketball players in the world. They also happen to be gay. In the world of women’s basketball, coming out of the closet is treated as pretty minor news.

“It’s been normal,” Delle Donne told USA Today in reference to the public reception she got after coming out in early August. “Nothing crazy. Obviously a couple of people wanting to talk about it here and there. A lot of support. It’s been really nothing too crazy, which is great. That’s where I hope our society moves to, where it’s not a story. It’s normal.”

 

Delle Donne (#11) and McCoughtry of the United States run up the floor against Serbia during the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.

 

This is a stark contrast to the men’s team. Not only are there zero out gay men on the men’s national team, but there aren’t currently any in the NBA as a whole.

Of the NBA’s 450 players, zero publicly identify as gay or bisexual. In the league’s history, just one player, Jason Collins, has come out while still an active player. Collins, who came out as gay in 2013 after more than a decade in the league, retired at the end of the 2013-2014 season.

 

Collins (#98) of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates after making a basket during a game against the Denver Nuggets in 2014. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images.

 

While it’s true that there aren’t any publicly out gay or bisexual players currently playing in the NBA, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Statistically speaking, it’s highly unlikely that the league is without at least a few gay or bisexual players currently holding roster spots across the league. There are bound to be at least a handful out there.

“As a player, I’ve been that person where it’s really hard to come out. It’s super hard. You’re just not comfortable with it. You’re worried about not being accepted, being rejected, being cast out. It’s tough. It’s really tough.” – Brittney Griner, WNBA

In 2013, NBA hall of fame player Charles Barkley told radio host Dan Patrick, “Everybody (in the league) has played with a gay teammate.”

 

Former player John Amaechi (#13) came out as a gay man long after his NBA career ended. Photo by Jess Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images.

 

Why is there such a disparity in the stigma surrounding gay athletes between men’s and women’s sports? That’s what some of the top women’s players want to know.

“I would love to see more (come out) on the men’s side, more players feel comfortable to come out,” Griner told USA Today. “But I also understand it because as a player, I’ve been that person where it’s really hard to come out. It’s super hard. You’re just not comfortable with it. You’re worried about not being accepted, being rejected, being cast out. It’s tough. It’s really tough.”

 

Griner of the United States and Maimouna Diarra of Senegal play during the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images.

 

“I would love to see that (sort of support in the NBA), if there are any (gay men). No one should have to hide who they are,” Delle Donne added.

 

Delle Donne reacts to a call against Serbia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.

 

When it comes to LGBTQ visibility in sports, women historically have been further along than men.

“Female athletes have been ahead of the men in terms of coming out publicly for years,” Cyd Zeigler of Outsports said in an e-mail. “Part of that is that there are more lesbian and bisexual women in elite-level sports than there are gay and bisexual men. That means not just more athletes and coaches to come out, but also a larger support structure within the sport for LGBT women than the men. Plus you have an overall broader cultural acceptance of gay and bisexual women than men have.”

Zeigler, who pretty much wrote the book on LGBTQ athletes, thinks it’ll only be a matter of time before male athletes catch up to women in terms of coming out.

The good news is that by all indications, the NBA appears to be fully supportive of future gay or bisexual players.

Between its handling of Collins’ coming out and the 2017 NBA All-Star game, the league is putting together a pretty LGBTQ-friendly appearance. After the state of North Carolina passed a law that many had labelled anti-LGBTQ (specifically, it targeted transgender individuals), the league warned that without substantial changes to the law, they would have no choice but to pull the game, slated to be played in Charlotte, from the state. The state didn’t make the necessary changes, and in July, the NBA announced that it would follow through on its threat, moving the game to another city.

“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the league said in a statement.

 

Larry Tanenbaum presents Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan a jersey signifying Charlotte as the host city for the 2017 All-Star game in February 2016. Months later, the league stripped the city of the game in response to the state’s anti-LGBTQ law. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images.

 

Hopefully, as time goes on, stigma surrounding gay athletes will continue to diminish. No one should have to hide who they are.

Collins will not go down in history as the only NBA player to be out as gay during his career. The question is whether the next athlete to follow in his footsteps is already in the league or not.

 

Seton Hall’s Derrick Gordon became the first out gay NCAA Division I men’s basketball player when he came out. Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images.

 

In the meantime, maybe the men could take a lesson or two from the ladies.

 

29 Impossibly Tasteful Sister Tattoos

Because sisterhood is forever.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This matching handwriting.

 
 
 

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Instagram: @ameb_ruecinq

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

These tattoos for mer-babies.

 
 
 

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This promise.

 
 
 

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These hearts.

 
 
 

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To show who keeps yours.

 
 
 

Instagram: @georgiebarlow

 
 
 
 
 

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19 Kinds Of Soda You Didn’t Know Existed

Soda-mn good!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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I think we can all agree that soda is one of humankind’s best inventions.

 
 

I think we can all agree that soda is one of humankind's best inventions.

 
 

It’s bubbly, refreshing, and comes in so many different varieties that there’s always a flavor you’ve never seen before. Here are some you can get right now that are soda-licious:

 
 
 

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DRY Sparkling Vanilla Bean is a cold vanilla soda? Cool beans.

 
 

DRY Sparkling Vanilla Bean is a cold vanilla soda? Cool beans.

 
 

$18 for a 12-pack.

 
 

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Waialua Lilikoi is made with Hawaiian passion fruit. Make sure to enjoy it at aloha temperature.

 
 

Waialua Lilikoi is made with Hawaiian passion fruit. Make sure to enjoy it at aloha temperature.

 
 

$33 for a 12-pack.

 
 

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49 Things Frank Ocean Is Probably, Maybe Doing Instead Of Releasing His Album

Give him a break. He’s busy, you know?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

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1. Livestreaming a blank wall.

 
 

2. Writing Beyoncé fan mail.

 
 

3. Trying to get the tornado out of his room.

 
 

4. Attempting to locate the final episodes of R Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet.

 
 

5. Massaging James Blake’s throat muscles for another day of assisting him in the studio.

 
 

6. Playing Candy Crush on the toilet.

 
 

7. Changing his name to “Dank Potion”.

 
 

8. Learning to play “Thinking ‘Bout You” on the didgeridoo.

 
 

9. Falling in love with Jason Momoa.

 
 

10. Teaching himself the fictional Dothraki language from Game of Thrones.

 
 

11. Writing trash tweets.

 
 

12. Writing trash tweets from an “IsFrankOceanDead” parody account.

 
 

13. Attempting to watch all 12 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning.

 
 

14. Training for a 150k marathon.

 
 

15. Reading all seven books in the Harry Potter series.

 
 

16. Starting a YouTube beauty channel.

 
 

17. Getting super into CrossFit.

 
 

18. Making brunch plans with Joanne the Scammer.

 
 

19. Listening to Usher’s “Confessions Part 2” on repeat.

 
 

20. Listening to Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” on repeat.

 
 

21. Ghostwriting Taylor Swift’s album.

 
 

22. Embarking on a pilgrimage to Indonesia to really find himself.

 
 

23. Writing an autobiography entitled JK.

 
 

24. Hibernating in a cave off the coast of Costa Rica.

 
 

25. Working with Lin-Manuel Miranda on Hamilton 2: They’re Still All Racist.

 
 

26. Experimenting with time travel.

 
 

27. Binge-watching Stranger Things.

 
 

28. Applying to be an extra in the Black Panther movie.

 
 

29. Getting ready for his cameo role in a new Shonda Rhimes TV show in which everyone dies within the first 10 minutes and he himself is also dead.

 
 

30. Replying to several messages two years late.

 
 

31. Learning how to do crochet braids.

 
 

32. Prank calling Donald Trump.

 
 

33. Bringing out a line of headbands in collaboration with H&M.

 
 

34. Starting a Change.org position to get orange M&Ms banned from all M&M packets.

 
 

35. Searching his name on Twitter specifically to laugh at memes.

 
 

36. Chairing peace talks between Birdman and Charlamagne.

 
 

37. Organising a giant packet of raisins by number of wrinkles.

 
 

38. Memorising all the words to the Bee Movie script.

 
 

39. Watching the entire Fast & Furious movie franchise without pee breaks.

 
 

40. Getting lost at sea.

 
 

41. Building a new music studio from scratch with his bare hands.

 
 

42. Photoshopping himself into pictures of Serena Williams playing tennis in which he is the tennis ball.

 
 

43. Writing a 6,000-word thinkpiece on why Rose purposely let Jack go in Titanic.

 
 

44. Retraining as a nail technician.

 
 

45. Performing as a showband musician on a Royal Caribbean cruise line.

 
 

46. Creating a Tumblr that automatically publishes a word a day from his “new album”, which fans soon discover to be the words from Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

 
 

47. Attending Crufts with his Shiba Inu, named Tyler, and his Corgi, called Pyramid.

 
 

48. Getting his dick out for Harambe.

 
 

49. Spreading vicious, hurtful, and untrue rumours about releasing a new album.

“Harry Potter And The Cursed Child” Has Sold More Than 3 Million Copies

More than two million of those copies were sold in the first two days alone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

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