Chinese Troops Have Invaded Okinawa, claimed the headlines on the Japanese Yahoo site. At least, it appeared to be a Yahoo Japan site, only it really wasn’t. It also wasn’t really a story sourced by Kyodo news, as it claimed to be. And, of course, it’s not true.
“Chinese troops invaded Okinawa in the predawn hours of Tuesday, U.S. Department of Defense officials said,” said the bogus story on the Yahoo knock-off. The fake Yahoo site claiming that Chinese troops had invaded Okinawa was discovered earlier today.
There are no estimates yet on how many people read and may have been taken in by the site, which also contained links to the real Yahoo site.
Said a Kyodo news official, “The story is without foundation and has been fabricated. We’ll demand that the page be deleted and are considering filing a criminal complaint with law enforcers for damage to credit.”
Added a Yahoo spokesperson, “The fake site uses our logo without permission. It damages the public’s confidence in Yahoo’s news site, and we’ve asked the company that manages the server to delete the page. Depending on the development, we’ll consider legal action.”
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