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No, FLOTUS Didn't Threaten To Scratch Obama's Eyes Out If Something Happens To Barron

By now, it shouldn’t be all that tough for even casual observers of the news to be able to spot a fake story.

The fact that some outlets put out blatantly false information in a bid to drum up interest should be common knowledge by now, and that makes it all the more curious when obviously outlandish stories turn into a thing. Curiosity aside, it still happens pretty regularly - including this ridiculous one about the First Lady of the United States.

As the International Business Times shares, the fake news item emanated from YourNewsWire, and it was chock full of red flags. Nonetheless, many viewers fell for it hook, line, and sinker, and it was shared with reckless abandon.

Since it was shared so many times, many users didn’t take the time to take a deep breath and process the story as it was written. Perhaps if they took that step, it wouldn’t have turned into such a thing.

"First Lady Melania Trump has warned former president Barack Obama that if ISIS terrorists 'lay a finger' on Barron Trump, she will 'scratch his eyes out'. Melania Trump's warning comes days after ISIS terrorists used social media to call for the assassination of Barron Trump," the story claimed.

It shouldn’t be all that hard to disseminate that information as a bit on the outlandish side, but the asking of a few simple questions can quickly help folks see through the noise. For example, how on earth could an obscure website such as that one possibly know such a thing?

If this was an actual thing that was somehow leaked out, don’t you suppose that the leaker would be screaming it from the rooftops to the largest outlets they could possibly reach?

Next up, would the First Lady of the United States actually physically threaten a former president? Common sense suggests that is on the extraordinarily unlikely side. Moving along, how is Obama directly responsible for a random threat from ISIS that popped up on social media in the present day?

For those that are straining really hard to see something here, the implication is that Obama was soft on terror, and ISIS is out of control as a result.

That sentiment is certainly open to debate, but you’d have to squint really hard to see a scenario in which it’s even remotely possible for FLOTUS to threaten Obama. Those are just a few of the many red flags apparent here, and it’s a wonder how this story could possibly be taken at face value.

So what can we all do about that?

For starters, blindly sharing things without understanding the context of what you’re sharing is a practice that needs to go by the wayside. There’s no getting around that fact that certain outlets value views over the truth, but that doesn’t mean that people have to encourage them to continue doing what they do.

In fact, a little less encouragement will gradually lead to the well drying up, and there might be less confusion about actual news items versus fake ones as a result.

Source: IB Times
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