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Meet the Next Misinformation Format: Fake Audio Messages | Poynter

By Daniel Funke
July 17, 2018

Diego Maradona isn’t dead, and he’s willing to pay $10,000 to figure out who said he was.

The famous retired soccer player for Argentina was the subject of an internet death hoax in late June. The rumor claimed that Maradona had suffered a cardiac arrest and died after Argentina’s World Cup match with Nigeria.

Now the 57-year-old is offering a reward to anyone who can identify the source of the rumor.

Death hoaxes are a classic form of online fakery. But this one is different: The hoax was distributed as an audio message on WhatsApp.

Source: Meet the Next Misinformation Format: Fake Audio Messages | Poynter

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