Fact or Fiction Weekly Challenges

FICTION

 

This piece was a purely satirical article published in the wake of Musk’s decision to delete the Facebook pages of his Tesla and SpaceX companies in March 2018. At the time, Musk wrote on Twitter that the social media platform gave him the “willies”:

It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it. Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2018

 

The Alternative-Science piece fooled a number of readers, even though the website includes multiple indicators that its content is satirical in nature. For one, the “About” section on the web site’s Facebook page notes that its articles contain “alternative facts” that may not be “true” or “accurate”

FACT & FICTION

What's True

Japanese honeybees form "hot defensive bee balls" that can cook an Asian giant hornet to death. 

What's False

This defensive mechanism has not been observed in all species of honeybees.

The Daily Mail tends to publish stories utilizing sensationalized headlines with emotionally loaded wording. When it comes to sourcing information they use minimal hyperlinked sourcing as well as sourcing to themselves. In general, most stories favor the right, however, the Daily Mail will report either side if the story is sensational enough.

Overall, The Daily Mail can be biased and questionable due to numerous failed fact checks and poor sourcing of information.  It should be fact checked on a per article basis.

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