Faking News

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Faking News
File:Faking News logo.png
Type News Satire
Format Newspaper
Founder Pagal Patrakar
Founded September 15, 2008 (2008-09-15)
Official website fakingnews.com

Faking News is an Indian news satire website that publishes fake news reports containing satire on politics and society of India. The website also publishes occasional serious articles related to television journalism in India. The website was launched on September 15, 2008.[1]

The website is updated daily in shape of a blog written by a user with pseudonym “pagal patrakar”, which literally means ‘crazy journalist’.[2] It also publishes contributory articles or fake news reports by willing writers.

Faking News is one of the few websites or blogs of India using the tools of sarcasm and humor to publish news satire, as is widely done in the western countries, a trend pioneered by The Onion of USA.[3]

Two of the fake news reports by Faking News, "Unable to attract even a single girl, frustrated man sues Axe" and "Men talking loud on mobile during movies have smaller penises", were mistaken as being genuine by an Indian website Indiainfo.com on 21 October 2009 and were republished on their website.[4][5] The Axe story was republished by many other websites and blogs in countries other than India, mistaking it to be a true story.[6][7][8][9][10][11] Another Faking News report titled "Unable to figure out Google Wave, youngster kills himself" was mistaken as being true by an Indian website OneIndia.com on 10 November 2009.[12]

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