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FAKE -NEWS - 'iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus'


Outline

Circulating 'news' report claims that a number of iPhone 6's were contaminated with Ebola during manufacture and, as a result, there have been more than 21,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide.

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Brief Analysis

The claims are nonsense. No such iPhone related Ebola outbreak has occurred. The story is fake and comes via Daily Buzz Live, a site that mixes articles that are 'inspired by real news events' with reports that are complete fiction. Sharing this nonsensical story will serve only to spread fear and alarm.

Example

iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus – 21,200 Confirmed Cases Since Friday Release

Apple’s iPhone 6 was bought up by over 8 million eager purchaser’s over the weekend. On a report Friday evening on Fox News, it was confirmed that several iPhones sold contained the Ebola virus, with over 1,000 confirmed cases of Ebola contamination, but since then it has risen to over 21,000.


Detailed Analysis

Report Claims Ebola Spread Worldwide by Contaminated iPhones

According to a report gaining momentum on social media, a batch of iPhone 6's was contaminated with the deadly Ebola virus during manufacture and this contamination has resulted in more than 21,000 confirmed cases of Ebola worldwide.

The report claims that the infected iPhones were made in a factory in Sierra Leone. Supposedly, the phones were contaminated by the bodily fluids of infected workers who assembled the phones and then spread to consumers who purchased the devices.

Report is Nonsense

However, the claims in the report are utter nonsense. No such contamination has occurred. The supposed news report is a work of fiction published by the website Daily Buzz Live.

Daily Buzz Live publishes a mixture of reports based on real events and reports that are purely works of fiction. The Ebola contaminated phone story is one of their fictional reports.

The site includes the following disclaimer that explains its content policy:

Daily Buzz Live is a news web publication with news articles. Most are inspired by real news events, And just a few stories are works of complete fiction. Those few articles are for entertainment purposes only. The articles and stories may or may not use real names, always a semi real and/or mostly, or substantially, fictitious ways. Therefore, just a few articles contained on this website Daily Buzz Live are works of fiction. Any truth or actual facts contained in those stories or posts are purely incidental or coincidental and not intended to be, or be construed as, facts.
But, alas, the site makes no effort to inform readers which stories are true and which are fiction. The disclaimer is buried deep in the site's Contact page, and will likely not be seen by the majority of viewers.

One way that you can ascertain if a site is a fake-news 'satire' publication is to check other stories on the site. In most cases, all of the reports on such sites are outlandish and cannot be confirmed via other news sources. This is a clear indicator that the site is a fake-news outlet.

However, if some reports on a site are at least partially true and can be confirmed via reputable news sources, then fictional stories on the same site may gain undeserved credibility.

Wise to Verify Social Media 'News' Stories Before Sharing

It is thus a good idea to verify supposed news stories that come your way via social media before you share them. Searching via a news portal such as Google News will usually quickly reveal if a story is true.

Of course, a major worldwide Ebola outbreak related to contaminated iPhones would be receiving massive news coverage. The absence of credible media coverage is enough alone to debunk this Ebola contamination story as fake.




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Last updated: September 23, 2014
First published: September 23, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus – 21,200 Confirmed Cases Since Friday Release
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