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These auto-generated stories are duplicated for hundreds of celebrities, with only basic personal details (such as age or gender) changed to suit the celebrity for which the article is written.Take, for example, their article which “debunks” celebrity death hoaxes.
It's hard for the dating services to keep up with them since so many are created (there are automated programs that can actually create them).The continual re-dating of these fake “death hoax” articles also leads some fans to point to the “coincidence” that a death hoax immediately preceded the celebrity’s actual death.In reality, there was no death hoax at all, as the Mediamass article likely existed years before the person’s actual death.On October 27, 2013, news of the death of Lou Reed was angrily “refuted” by readers who found the fake “death hoax” article posted by Mediamass – unaware that it was not a true news story. On February 2, 2014, as news of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman broke, some fans called the reports a hoax based on the Mediamass report, while others marveled at the “coincidence” that a death hoax occurred days before the actor’s death.On November 30, 2013, immediately following reports of the death of actor Paul Walker, some readers posted the Mediamass “death hoax” article, believing the actor’s death was a hoax. The only evidence of a death hoax, however, was the fake Mediamass article.