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Unread 07-03-2018, 03:26 PM
Whip Hubley
 
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I see Zlatans facts are about as reliable as his knees
 
Unread 07-03-2018, 03:27 PM
TheFatGoth
 
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Clickbaiting a man’s death: day four

Technically, media outlets and social media accounts have moved on from clickbaiting the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori for clicks. Now they’ve moved onto ignoring facts in order to make a quick buck. It really has been a strong week.

On Monday, a Facebook account called Troll Football India posted that Fiorentina would extend Astori’s contract post-mortem, and give the money to his wife to support her. That story had no basis in fact, but was merely based on reports that Astori was in discussions over a new deal at the time of his passing.

Inevitably, a large number of Twitter accounts that sell themselves as ‘on the side of the fans’ but actually source and thieve content in order to drive traffic and raise revenues saw the post. And they decided to get busy, whether or not it was true. Accounts like @Sporf, @geniusfootball, @thefootystands, @futballtweets and many others piled on, and basked in the retweets.

These are the worst of the worst in terms of football coverage. They will tweet their faux-respectful messages but with an undertone of greed. Rest in peace (after we’ve made our money out of you).

Some, like the account below, took the story on. They used words such as ‘Breaking’ and ‘officialy’ (sic) to give the story unwarranted kudos, like a game of shitty Chinese whispers.

Then, the third wave: the news accounts. Or, as they should be known, ‘those who should know better’.

‘Fiorentina extend David Astori’s contract for life with salary going to his wife and daughter,’ was Joe’s headline.

‘TOUCHING TRIBUTE Davide Astori to have his new four-year contract honoured by Fiorentina – with wages paid to wife and daughter,’ was The Sun’s take.

‘Fiorentina to renew Davide Astori’s contract to support the family of club’s late captain,’ said MailOnline.

So the journey is complete – from spurious Facebook account to banterous Twitter accounts to newspaper websites.

Mediawatch can understand the first two not bothering to check for accuracy, for that is par for the course. But how can a newspaper with a massive staff pile in without knowing if it’s true? Has the need for engagement really suffocated decency and professionalism to that extent? (Ed. – Yes).

By Tuesday, Fiorentina were forced to deny the story, releasing a statement saying that they were still coming to terms with how to honour their captain. That, unfairly, makes them look a bit mean just because some d*cks decided it would be funny to try and lie about a man’s death to go viral.

As of 10.30am on Wednesday, Joe.ie have at least taken down the story (although their tweet remains). The MailOnline’s story links to a piece on Serena Williams.

The Sun? Oh they have left it up for all to see. It’s only more lies about a man’s death, after all.

Tell you what would be a ‘touching tribute’. Having a little f*cking respect.
 
Unread 07-03-2018, 03:27 PM
dunk
 
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Did seem faintly ridiculous tbf. They could be paying the family for 150 years

Jokes on them, I clicked on fuck all
 
Unread 07-03-2018, 03:36 PM
waynes ear's
 
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Jokes on them, I clicked on fuck all
 
Unread 07-03-2018, 04:23 PM
dunk
 
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Didn’t click on the link within the tweet, just clicked ‘share tweet’, didn’t retweet either
 
Unread 07-03-2018, 04:26 PM
dragflick
 
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Didn’t click on the link within the tweet, just clicked ‘share tweet’, didn’t retweet either
Never fooled are you pal
 
Unread 07-03-2018, 04:30 PM
dunk
 
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Never fooled are you pal
Occasionally..
 
Unread 08-03-2018, 02:54 PM
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Unread 09-03-2018, 12:25 PM
sa7
 
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It's what he would've wanted

Except for the being dead part.
 
Unread 09-03-2018, 01:24 PM
RemisMoses
 
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Always makes me laugh, the tears waling and gnashing of teeth. This time next week no one give a fuck apart from his family and friends, its all so fake.
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