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Copying, pasting and sharing hoaxes helps them spread online, sometimes for years.

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One of the most persistent forms of misinformation is known colloquially as “copypasta.” Internet users often unwittingly perpetuate false information by copying and pasting hoaxes and passing them along to others.

Bill Gates $5,000 Giveaway One of the oldest Internet hoaxes holds that Microsoft and other companies are giving $5,000...
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Bill Gates $5,000 Giveaway
Laura Buxton Balloon Coincidence Laura Buxton released a balloon that ended up in the hands of another girl named...
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  • Mostly True
Laura Buxton Balloon Coincidence
‘Money Bags’ Calendar Five Saturdays, five Sundays, and five Mondays in month is not a phenomenon that occurs...
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  • False
‘Money Bags’ Calendar