A fake article circulating claims that Green Bay Packers receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are facing lifetime bans for using battery powered gloves.
This bogus story hails from from a satirical site called Empire News. The outrageous commentary claims that Green Bay Packers receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson were caught using battery powered gloves (BPGs) that somehow attracted leather footballs, and were facing the possibility of a career ban from a recently initiated NFL Board of Rules & Disciplinary Actions. According to the fake article, the players were caught after an undercover locker room investigation that was established after receiving an anonymous tip. A couple false quotes are included in the column.
Again, this outrageous story is completely fictional.
In the last two years, there has been a proliferation of satire sites which generate a daily deluge of false new stories. These websites entice masses of internet traffic by impersonating real news sites while profiting from third party advertisers.
Internet traffic for these sites seems to escalate through a process of headline sharing by susceptible social media users. In a telling April 2014 interview with the Washington Post, one Empire News writer boasted about profiting from deceiving people, and was quoted as saying, “I will get the people to buy into my works just to rip their hearts out.”
Almost all satire sites visibly display a waiver that identifies them as parody. For Empire News, there is an ‘About / Disclaimer’ link found at the bottom of the website. This link reveals that the site is devoted to the creation of satirical news.
Green Bay Packers receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cob are not facing a lifetime ban for using battery powered gloves. The article claiming this is a fake editorial generated by satire site Empire News.