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The Clickbaity Headline Hall of Shame
Topic Started: Nov 14 2017, 07:31 PM (41 Views)
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I wasn't entirely sure where to put this....but, since 'clickbait' is a problem relating to online content, 'The Internet' seemed like as good a place as any :P )

I'm sure we've all fallen for 'clickbait'. A headline grabs our attention and sucks us in....and then, when we read the actual page, we find - to our dismay - that it isn't doesn't come close to living up to the promise of the headline, or is just downright misleading. Here's a thread to post the worst examples of 'clickbait' that you've encountered in your online travels.

I'll start off with the following example, from BBC News - which is more typically known for dull headlines, but still isn't immune to this:

BBC News headline
Trump Jr posts 'whopping' replies to WikiLeaks

However, when I read the article itself, I find the following passage:

BBC Article Extract
In a series of Monday night tweets, Mr Trump Jr played down his contact with the group, referring to his "whopping 3 responses" which he said one of the congressional committees "has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic!".

Yes, that's right. Not only did the word 'whopping' refer to the number of responses (as opposed to the content of the responses), but it was being used sarcastically to begin with! This is one of the worst examples of a misleading headline that I've ever seen, from a website not usually known for them; so bad, in fact, that it prompted me to start this thread :P .

Have you seen any particularly bad examples yourself?
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Resident Snark

I'm sure the BBC Website has just become this over the last few months.
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