2016 Elections Project Update: On Monday, just before the Super Tuesday Democratic Primaries, this "NY Times" article made the rounds on social media:
It wasn't legitimate. And it wasn't a parody. It was a fraud, pure and simple.
News of this fake article exploded on Monday, sending the NY Times and many other news organizations scrambling to disavow the article and have it removed from the web. Within a few hours, it was gone. But the damage may have already been done - the article was shared over 50K times, including 15K Facebook shares. It was probably viewed by hundreds of thousands of people across all kinds of social channels. Enough to swing an election? Possibly!