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- Overall, we rate DNyuz Right-Center biased and Questionable due to blatant plagiarism, the use of poor sources, and a complete lack of transparency.
Reasoning: Plagiarism, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency
World Press Freedom Rank: Armenia 61/180
DNyuz is an Armenian website that plagiarizes content word for word from major news sources. They literally copy and paste entire articles and embed their advertising code for profit. As one can imagine, a source like this completely lacks transparency as there is zero information to be found about authors, owners, location, or mission.
Since November 2019, the Drudge Report has been linking to this website presumably to bypass paywalls on major news sources such as the New York Times. According to a Buzzfeed report, Dnyuz was founded and is run by “Hayk Karapetyan, a web developer living in Armenia.” They further report that Drudge has driven 8 million page views to DNyuz from November 2019 through May 2020.
Funded by / Ownership
DNyuz lacks transparency and does not disclose that Hayk Karapetyan is the owner. Revenue is derived through advertising. After the Buzzfeed report, Google Adsense dropped DNyuz and they have moved to other third-party advertisers such as Infolinks.
Analysis / Bias
In review, DNyuz does not publish original content, but rather copies and pastes (plagiarizes) content from major news sources. The stories are copied verbatim from headline to article content. For example, this is a story from Fox News Trump says Dems’ ‘war on cops’ puts ‘police lives in danger,’ calls for end to Biden’s ‘anti-police crusade’ is identical in every way to the one published by DNyuz Trump says Dems’ ‘war on cops’ puts ‘police lives in danger,’ calls for end to Biden’s ‘anti-police crusade’. At the bottom of the plagiarized article, they mention that it came from Fox News. Another article is copied directly from Newsweek Toddler Shoots 12-Year-Old Cousin After Finding Gun On Bed. Other sources we found plagiarized are the New York Times, Politico, New York Post, The Blaze, and International Business Times. A review of sources that they copy reveals more favor the right with some have poor track records with fact-checkers.
Failed Fact Checks
- This source plagiarizes from sources that have failed fact checks.
Overall, we rate DNyuz Right-Center biased and Questionable due to blatant plagiarism, the use of poor sources, and a complete lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 9/25/2020)