By MOSCOW, March 12 (Reuters) – As the United States grapples with its first Ebola outbreak, a new craze is springing up to promote fake and fake-looking websites designed to spread fear about the deadly disease.
While it is not illegal to publish fake news, the use of fake content to mislead people about health issues is a serious crime.
Fake websites are becoming a popular tool for social justice activists and people trying to spread misinformation about Ebola.
They often use clever Photoshop and photoshopped images to trick readers into thinking they are seeing real information on the web, such as real hospital photos or real news articles.
“There is a lot of fake news being shared on social media.
This is the kind of information that people don’t understand,” said Alexei Uralov, the director of Russian Social Media at the Center for Internet and Society in Moscow.”
It is spreading panic, it is creating panic among people,” Uralkov said.”
The more people are being deceived, the more people will be infected.”
One of the most popular fake news sites is a social network called “Ivy League”, a reference to Harvard University.
Its website features pictures of Ivy League University students in a white suit with white shoes, and links to a video that shows a young woman in a black suit with dark hair, walking down a red carpet.
The video features an elderly woman in the background wearing a white robe and holding a handbag.
“Is this real?” the camera says.
The user clicks on the “yes” button, then the “Yes” button again.
The website’s description reads: “The Ivy League website has been designed to promote health and wellness awareness for the benefit of all.”
Its main slogan is: “Healthy People in Blue: Be More Smart and Healthy.”
“The Ivy Leagues website is a tool to promote wellness, health, education, education and the promotion of healthy living.
We want to share this information and promote healthy living and promote health.
It is also the way to promote the Ivy League,” the website’s creator, who requested anonymity, said.
A second fake Ivy League site has a video of a young man in a dark suit and white sneakers walking down the red carpet, with a young lady holding a backpack, while the slogan is written in English.
“Do not forget that we are all connected.
Be smarter, be more healthy,” the video says.
It also features a photo of a man in an orange shirt, which has a picture of a smiling girl in a red dress, with the caption: “Be healthier, be smart, be blue.”
“People don’t know that this is a website that is fake,” Ura said.
But many others have taken advantage of the confusion to make money off the misinformation.
On Thursday, Facebook posted a video on its Facebook page with a man who has the same name as a user of a fake Ivy Leaguers website.
The man says: “I am a friend of the Ivy Leaugers website.
I want to say thank you for sharing our video.
This video is meant to make you feel healthier.
I am a member of this website and this is how you can join us,” the man says.”
I want to thank all my friends on Facebook for sharing this video,” he adds.”
A lot of people are confused,” Urav said.
He said fake Ivy league websites were being used by people trying not to pay taxes, but instead to evade taxes by hiding their identities online.
“This is an example of how we are facing an epidemic of fake information that is spreading through social media,” Uror said.
The Ivy league website was registered in March 2014, but the owner of the website has not been identified.
“People have been making money off of it, and now it is becoming a major phenomenon,” Uruz said.
In Russia, the social media industry is worth $7.8 billion, according to a report published last year by the Moscow-based research firm IHS.
The IHS report said social media is used by more than 7 million people in Russia, while online gaming accounts for about a quarter of that market.
The country is also experiencing an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
The Uralomov Center, an independent think tank, said there have been nearly 400 new cases of the virus in Russia in the past week.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by David Gregorio)