As I awoke to tweets about April Fool’s Day on Friday, I realized I was doing the perfect April Fool’s Day thing that afternoon — talking to a group of copy editors at the American Copy Editors Society conference about how to verify information on social media and how not to get fooled by fakes.
A friend had posted a link to the Doobie Brothers song “What a Fool Believes,” but I immediately thought of The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” So I made up a 34-second iMovie for the start of my session that featured the great opening riffs of that song behind a series of famous and not-so-famous fake social media posts and news.
Then I decided to share it a bit wider (even though I took the sound away so as not to run afoul of copyright laws. So you have to hum the beginning of the song.)
Here’s the rundown: The Tebow and Trump tweets are fake celebrity accounts that many have believed. Don’t be fooled by fake accounts.
The storm tweets feature photos not really from those storms — one is a real photo taken much earlier, the other is clip from a film that is put out as an actual event.
The tweet from me isn’t really me — I faked it on a tweet simulator. Wrong spelling of my Twitter name and I’m a big supporter of semicolons.
My favorite is the Anderson Cooper post about Clickhole. He was fooled. Clickhole is a fake news site.