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Disclaimer on supposed GMA News post going viral on Facebook

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 | 1:48

On Monday night, a link started going viral on Facebook purportedly of a story on GMA News Online with the headline: Overflowing STD virus from Kris Aquino causes a stink at NAIA-1.


 
Clicking on the link would redirect the user to the actual GMA News Online story Overflowing septic tank causes a stink at NAIA-1 that was posted on July 19 at 1:28 p.m.
 
For the record, GMA News Online has never posted a story with the headline on the STD virus. Neither was the website hacked.
 
The Kris Aquino headline seems to be a prank played by Facebook users who shared the original link. The social media site allows individual users to "edit" headlines before posting or sharing them, making it seem like that was the actual headline of the article:
 

 
This feature has been part of Facebook since at least 2011, with sites such as Search Engine Watch publishing guides on "How to Spoof Facebook Friends with Dodgy Headlines from Trusted News Sources." — JST, GMA News 

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