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Vuksa Dragovic’s single-parent statistics: Problems with time, place, context and interpretation

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 31/08/2022 One post caused a lot of negative comments and condemnations on Twitter. The post is the answer to the almost unavoidable topic of recent days, “Why I fight for family values”. User Vuksa Dragovic decided to complete his answer using statistical data: “63% of suicides among young […]

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Politika’s fake news about how “the Americans bought a third of Ukraine’s arable land”

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 25/08/2022 According to the statements made by Politika on July 28, the Americans “bought a third of the arable land of Ukraine” (or, hereinafter, the “former Ukraine”), so during the previous year – as stated – three consortia with American capital became “owners 28 percent of arable land”. […]

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The bridge, Drina and Drena: My mother read Andric

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 30/08/2022 It happens, from time to time, that readers send us a request to check certain media content, which – in the end – turns out to be accurate or mildly manipulative, but without explicit lies. We include our brief conclusions about such cases in the However section. […]

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Global narratives and local actors: 150 days of the war in Ukraine and over 1,500 disinformation in the region

The renewed open war in Ukraine has been going on for more than 150 days, but the spread of fake and manipulative news on this topic has been going on for much longer. Nevertheless, a real flood of misinformation and Russian propaganda about the war in this country in the Western Balkan region began to […]

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False accusations of tearing the flag: from Srpski telegraf (Serbian telegraph) to a fake Twitter account

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 30/07/2022 A post from a fake Twitter profile of human rights activist Aida Corovic, in connection with the protests in Novi Sad, is spreading on web portals and social networks. In the fake announcement, Corovic allegedly admits that she tore up the flag at the protest and that […]

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Affective attachment theory and the “terrible experiment with babies”

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 29/07/2022 A reader reported to us a viral video that spread on Instagram and Facebook in recent months, in which Igor Rakic, founder of the “School of Intellectual Skills” and author of courses on reading and learning techniques, talks about a “terrible experiment with babies”. In his presentation, […]

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Dairy products, cancer and the Chinese: An inspiring story and the accompanying misinformation

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 26/07/2022 Some pages dedicated to health recently shared the text published by Kurir Stil back in 2016. Title – The Chinese do not suffer from cancer: This woman applied their method and beat the disease! This same text was reported by B92 and Web Tribune in 2016, and […]

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Megatrend says once again “No college – no flight” and it is again manipulative 

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 24/06/2022 “No college – no flight” says the private Megatrend University in a new misleading advertising campaign for its College of Civil Aviation. By the way, Megatrend is known for its controversial ads (1, 2, 3), and almost four years ago, FN Tragac wrote about the claim that […]

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Secrets of Antarctica: gloves, souvenirs and restricted areas

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 21/06/2022 The content of a video from the YouTube account “Secret World”, which talks about the interesting things about Antarctica, was suspicious to one of our readers, who thought that some information from the video was incorrect. The editors of FakeNews Tragac contacted experts from the Australian Antarctic […]

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“Objectively” about child organ trafficking: blurred video and insinuations as evidence

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 20/06/2022 “The Ukrainian Red Cross trafficked in children’s organs”, the newspaper Objektiv published in its today’s print edition, referring to the words of the head of the pro-Russian non-governmental organization Narodna Svita, Vladimir Taranenko, stationed in Donetsk. Although Taranenko himself said that “it is still too early to […]