"Celebrities Moving to Your Town" Network

In December 2016, BuzzFeed News reported on a large network of fake news sites. They tied them together to a single shared AdSense ID controlled by a man named Justin Smithson.  They qualified this by adding:

There is of course a chance that Smithson registered those sites on behalf of someone else, who then added AdSense and went on to later launch the network of fake sites. Or that Smithson handed over his AdSense account to someone else.

As of October 2017, most of these sites no longer exist.

More Information

The True Story Behind The Biggest Fake News Hit Of The Election” (BuzzFeed News, December 16, 2016)


  • Daily News 11

    Fake news site that published fake stories, usually about celebrities moving to various towns in the US.  Most of the site’s content seems fairly innocuous, as it serves as filler… Read More

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  • Clancy Report

    The Clancy Report publishes fake stories, usually about celebrities moving to various towns in the US.  Most of the site’s content is fairly innocuous, and it serves as cover to… Read More

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