Founded in 2001 by Eric Bauman and Neil Bauman, eBaum’s World is a humor and entertainment website focusing on memes, viral videos, and images. eBaum’s World has been the subject of criticism due to copyright infringement complaints; for more information regarding the copyright infringement complaints, please see here “A Short History of the Controversies Surrounding Ebaumsworld”
In 2016, Literally Media acquired eBaum’s World. The website’s content is primarily user submitted as users earn points called “eBones” for their submission. eBaum’s World is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, and the site’s targeted audience is Millennials and Generation Z.
Funded by / Ownership
The Israel-based digital media company, Literally Media, owns and publishes eBaum’s World. The company is part of WeEndeavor, a holdings management group that operates Cheezburger, Cracked, and Know Your Meme, owned by Mr. Jacob Nizri. Advertising and subscriptions generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
eBaum’s World publishes content uploaded by its users, usually related to humorous viral internet content, such as “How the ‘Talking Stage’ Has Ruined Modern Dating.” They also publish straight news such as “Pics or It Didn’t Happen’: Twitter Employee with Muscular Dystrophy Fired via Tweet by Elon Musk.” A quote from the article reads,” There’s total ownage, and then there’s what Halli just did to Elon Musk. Bodybagged. Maybe if Elon wasn’t so obsessed with trying to make people laugh all the time, he’d have a few minutes to answer a simple email and avoid being absolutely embarrassed on his own app.” Here is the same news reported by NBCnews: “Elon Musk takes aim at a Twitter employee who was let go, claims he ‘did no actual work.”
Editorially, there is content critical of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden through their “funny” category, such as Trump Embarrasses Himself after Hyping up His Hilarious $99 NFT Trading Cards and Twitter Reacts to Joe Biden’s Cookie-filled Breakfast, ‘Those Better Have Fiber in Them.’ In general, the website’s bias is determined by user submissions. We have found evidence of both sides being covered and hence rate them least biased; however, most stories lack hyperlinked sourcing and are uploaded by users without editorial oversight, making it challenging to check the accuracy of claims.
Failed Fact Checks
- None by Third-Party fact-checkers.
Overall, we rate eBaum’s World as questionable based on a lack of sourcing and article/videos uploaded by users without editorial oversight. (M. Huitsing 03/07/2023)
Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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