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- Overall, we rate True Viral News Questionable based on blatant plagiarism, promotion of conspiracies/pseudoscience from other questionable sources, and a complete lack of transparency.
Reasoning: Plagiarism, Conspiracy, Pseudoscience, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency
World Press Freedom Rank: Russia 148/180
Founded in 2016 by Albert Bikaev, True Viral News is a website/blog from Oktyabrsky, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. The website does not have an about page, however at the bottom of the website they state: “True Viral News collects a lot of hot and trending news, posts, videos, stories. General, World, Business, Entertainment, Science, Lifestyle, Fashion, Video.”
Funded by / Ownership
True Viral News does not disclose ownership nor author names. The website is funded through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, True Viral News publishes news stories from other sources often without sourcing and directly plagiarizing stories. For example this story, Survey finds fecal matter on every McDonald’s touchscreen it tested is literally copied and pasted from this article by a Roanoke, Virginia TV News website. Another story, Ohio pastor encouraged other ministers to have sex with teen who was ‘groomed,’ prosecutors say is plagiarized verbatim from NBC News, without giving credit. This pattern of blatant plagiarism is the norm throughout the website.
Under their science tag, they plagiarize pseudoscience and conspiracy articles from questionable sources such as WND: The legendary Chuck Norris pens article urging Americans to wake up on the ‘covert chemtrailing’ taking place in this country. They also list conspiracy website Prison Planet as a source for a story regarding chemtrails. Further, they promote anti-Vaccine propaganda from the discredited conspiracy website, Natural News.
Overall, we rate True Viral News Questionable based on blatant plagiarism, promotion of conspiracies/pseudoscience from other questionable sources, and a complete lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 9/4/2017) Updated (3/26/2019)