A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.
- Overall, we rate YourContent Questionable based on poor sourcing, a lack of transparency and the publication of a fake news story.
Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Fake News
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2016, YourContent or YC.news is a news and opinion website based in Pennsylvania. According to their about page they claim “We supply the world’s mainstream media outlets with adrenaline-filled, breaking news footage on a daily basis. A small example of our clientele includes Fox News, CBS, NBC, ABC, USA Today, TMZ, Philly.com, CNN, TIME and a number of others.” There is zero evidence to support this claim.
The website lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership. However, at the bottom of the page it claims the information is copyrighted to Original Media Group Corporation. We were not able to find this company registered in any state. A search indicates that one of their authors named Nikolaos Hatziefstathiou is the President of this company, which we assume means he is the owner.
In 2019, Nikolaos Hatziefstathiou was charged with tampering with public records, forgery, identity theft, and related offenses. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer “Investigators say Hatziefstathiou, creator and self-appointed “president of news” of the website YC News, doctored an email from his former parole officer to peddle a bogus conspiracy that a member of the Delaware County Adult Probation and Parole Department had accidentally CC’d him on an epithet-filled email. ‘He will use any means to create a false narrative,’ District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland said of Hatziefstathiou at a news conference announcing his arrest. ‘He will go to any length to do so.’”
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Funded by / Ownership
YourContent does not openly disclose ownership, however according to the Philadelphia Inquirer it is owned by Nikolaos Hatziefstathiou. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, YourContent publishes news that is sensational in nature related to entertainment, crime and politics. News stories are derived from other sources and often are not sourced properly. Headlines and articles often use loaded emotional language such as this: ARIANA GRANDE FLIPS OUT OVER CORONAVIRUS THREAT AS MILEY CYRUS VACUUMS HER PRIVATE JET. Under the Politics tab most stories favor the right such as this: Trump supporter, 52, beaten by campus police outside of Bernie Sanders rally and this Bloomberg claims he’d take the ‘state of Pittsburgh’ back from Trump if he was nominated. Recently, YourContent added a section dedicated to the Coronavirus, that provides a mix of properly sourced information such as this Pennsylvania issues a stay-at-home order for all residents as coronavirus spreads. However, they have also made a false claim regarding Coronavirus. In general, YourContent reports news with a mix of proper and poor sources and editorially holds a right leaning bias through story selection.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate YourContent Questionable based on poor sourcing, a lack of transparency and the publication of a fake news story. (D. Van Zandt 3/23/2020)
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