A webpage that masqueraded as a New York Times article and claimed that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts had endorsed Bernie Sanders for president circulated widely on social media on Monday.
The fake news article, which mimicked The Times’ typefaces and design and included the bylines of two of the newspaper’s political reporters, appeared with the headline “Warren Endorses Sanders, Breaking With Colleagues.’’
The story included quotes attributed to Warren, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and the actress Lena Dunham, and was published at a URL similar to The Times’.
“An article circulating on social media tonight that is made to resemble a New York Times story and says Elizabeth Warren endorsed Bernie Sanders is a fake and has no connection to The Times,’’ said Matthew Purdy, a deputy executive editor of The Times.
Warren has yet to endorse a presidential candidate.
The article appeared to have been created around midday Monday on Clone Zone, a website that allows users to make website “clones’’ in the guise of well-established sites.
As of Monday night, the fake article had been viewed more than 50,000 times, with 15,000 shares on Facebook, Clone Zone said.
Many readers appeared to be taken in.
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