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Saturday, May 16, 2015

An Explosion of Fake Sites

I wanted to take a moment to mention to you guys that there has been a veritable explosion of purported "weird news" sites over the last couple of years, such as Disclose.TV - one which I bring up for a very good reason. Although I generally get the information I share from books, those I have regarding these topics are often old, mostly published in the 1970s to 1990s or before, so I'm always looking for new news items to discuss.

To those ends, I belong to several groups and lists that feature items from other sites and blogs. Disclose.TV, along with a handful of others, were never on any of these sites nor in these groups. They only started popping-up a while back. At first, I was thrilled because they are overrun with bullshit, but fun bullshit in that Weekly World News sort of way that's largely harmless.

It was only a few months ago that I learned a dozen or so of these sites are run by the same, or related, entities (unknown to me) despite having noticed previously that they are largely incestuous (that is to say, they quote from and link to one another constantly). The larger threat though is that they use bots to post into the forums and groups and I was told not to visit them because they install trackers and even malware.

Having since learned that, I've been spending a significant portion of my time since redesigning the blog (I know it still looks wonky!) on checking into which of these are "safe." At any rate, I wanted to pass along this news in case any of you visit them.

© The Weirding, 2015

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