Chuck Norris Facebook gag fools Ukrainian media

Nov 25, 2011
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To celebrate Ukraine’s national language day earlier this month, Facebook user Fedir Gontsa photoshopped an image of American actor Chuck Norris holding a book written in Ukrainian.  Global Voices tells the story of how that small prank got mistaken for the truth and was reprinted in several Ukrainian news outlets with the story that Norris had met with Ukrainian expats in Canada.

Just goes to show, social media might be a great place to find new stories, but it is no replacement for old-fashioned just-the-facts reporting.

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Joshua Boissevain

Joshua Boissevain is a research associate and editorial assistant at Transitions Online. He's also a freelance journalist and photographer based in Prague. Find him on twitter at @joshboissevain.
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