With the Internet essentially a treasure trove of information, it also faces the risk of being a hotbed of deceit and gullibility.
One does not need to take lessons on the proper use of the limitless platform, so the digital consumption of misleading info, hoaxes, and the false news is alarmingly common. And fake news websites aren't really helping.
Tagged as The Onion of the Philippines, The Adobo Chronicles is basically a news satire website that SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. Yet people are still falling for the same clever concoctions for some time now, and once again gained traction recently amid election fever.
FHM puts the spotlight on The Adobo Chronicles by rounding up its top stories that were deemed too realistic by the unwitting online populace, to the point that even credible news sites took notice. From a couple of bans to one that is quite relevant, here are the scoops that got us fooled:
US Announces 'No VISA' Policy For Filipinos
Shit got real: The Philippine embassy in Washington D.C. had to issue a statement.
"The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines would like to inform the public that there is no truth to what appears to be an online news report that the United States has announced a 'no visa' policy for Filipinos. The Embassy has been in touch with the US Department of State, which has denied making such an announcement."
Kanye West Barred From All Future Awards Shows
(February 9, 2015)
Shit got real: Kanye was indeed not present at the 2016 Grammy Awards, a year after the satire came out. A week earlier, the rapper threatened to boycott the music awards night "unless they promise me the Album of the Year," adding that he is already practicing his Grammy speech.
Not coming turned out to be a good idea, as Taylor Swift took a shot at Kanye in retaliation to a prior diss by the latter. Adding insult to injury was her winning the honor that Yeezus coveted, for her album "1989."
Philippines Disqualified From Beauty Pageants For The Next Two Years
(November 20, 2013)
Shit got real: Instead, the country continued its historic beauty pageant run with consistent runner-up finishes and a handful of winners—Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago; Miss Earth 2014 Jaime Herrell; Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Gabrena Ong; and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.
American Psychiatric Association Makes It Official: 'Selfie' A Mental Disorder
(March 31, 2014)
Shit got real: APA clarified on its website, "No, selfitis is not in the DSM-5, but there are plenty of real mental disorders that need and deserve treatment."
Robredo: If Elected Vice President Of Duterte, I Will Immediately Resign My Post
(May 1, 2016)
Shit got real: Thoughtless netizens (aka keyboard warriors) started sharing and referring to the fake news in the heat of the 2016 elections' vote-counting, wherein Naga Representative Leni Robredo and Senator Bongbong Marcos are still tightly jockeying for the position of Vice-President.