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Everyone Relax, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Aren’t Going Anywhere

You probably saw a disgusting story on your Facebook or Twitter feed that claimed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were being discontinued by the end of 2017.

Hopefully you didn’t fall for it, but if you did, I’m here to calm your nerves and confirm that the story was written as a prank gone terribly wrong, or right, depending on how you look at it.

There is a prank site called Breaking News 365 that actually lets you create your own fake stories, and that’s where the Reese’s story originated. You can give your faux story a headline and photo to support it and make it sound legit. It’s basically a blog, but with a somewhat legit sounding url.

If you look at the picture below, you can see that it is really easy to create these fake stories:

The story included a false quote from an alleged press conference. They didn’t bother saying who conducted the so-called press conference, but not all satire sites can be at the caliber of Kayfabe news or the Onion.

You probably also saw it on a satire site called Action News 3, who could have been responsible for the other “report” as well, as it’s the exact same copy and pasted story.

Still, while it was clearly a joke, it didn’t stop people from freaking out over the false news:

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While Reese’s didn’t feel the need to publicly address the fake story, it seems they did respond to a concerned Twitter user, who posted a photo of an interaction with the candy company:

Hopefully everyone can calm down now. Reese’s isn’t going anywhere, and we can still fill childrens’ bags with them this coming Halloween.

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Coconut Oil Study Is Stirring Up ‘Unhealthy’ Fake News Murmurs

If you’ve come across a headline recently claiming that “Coconut Oil Is As Bad For You As Beef Fat and Butter” or seen similarly titled news articles, chances are you’ve stumbled across a piece of fake news.

These articles began to spread when the American Heart Association (AHA) released a review about fats that emphasized the health risks of saturated fat in coconut oil. And while, yes, coconut oil isn’t the health food the public perceives it to be, it’s not comparable to beef fat or butter, which contain cholesterol and are more directly linked to heart disease than saturated fat is.

Myself, Foodbeast Editor-In-Chief Elie Ayrouth, and Foodbeast Fatboy-In-Chief Rudy Chaney went deeper into the study and the fake news headlines surround it in the latest episode of Foodbeast’s podcast, The Katchup. Our discussion, which starts around the 19-minute-mark of the podcast, addresses why coconut oil shouldn’t be called a “health food,” but also doesn’t deserve the harsh treatment it’s getting from news outlets that call it “unhealthy” or compare it to animal fats.

The three of us concluded on the podcast that coconut oil isn’t really bad for us, but like any other saturated fat, you should consume in moderation. None of us would say that it’s as healthy as an omega-3 rich food like avocados, but we also wouldn’t put it at the same level of unhealthiness as butter. Doing so would deceive our audience and blow the truth of coconut oil out of proportion.

Unfortunately, news and science regarding food gets extremely convoluted by headlines that do just that, meaning that the public has distorted facts and can’t come to accurate conclusions about what they eat. It’s why the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) funded a documentary, Food Evolution, to highlight this issue, and why Neil deGrasse Tyson is willing to put his name and voice behind the film.

It’s now become very difficult to discern what’s true and not in media, especially around food and nutrition, and hopefully the ugliness of the headlines surrounding this coconut oil study and the message of Food Evolution can help begin to resolve this critical issue.

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Chobani Settles Fake News Lawsuit With Infowars’ Alex Jones

One of the consequences of spreading fake news about a food company: they’ll come after you and sue you.

Chobani is doing just that to right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, whose website Infowars has repeatedly published inaccurate articles linking the Greek yogurt company to child rape and an outbreak of tuberculosis near its massive Idaho plant. Now, the Washington Post reports that Chobani is suing Jones for defaming and harming the company and those associated with it living nearby the facility.

Chobani and its CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, specifically highlighted an erroneous tweet linking the company to the sexual assault of a five-year-old by two minors (the only connection to Chobani being that the crime occurred in the same city the Chobani factory is located in) and an uncited claim that Chobani’s increased the tuberculosis incidences in the city by 500%.

Alex Jones, also known for promoting the infamous “Pizzagate” controversy, has utilized Chobani’s practice of hiring refugees as the basis for his claims, utilizing a noble gesture by a food manufacturer as a way to generate fake news. His stories have not been taken down on either his YouTube channel or the Infowars website, continuing to spread exaggerated fabrications that have triggered a call by some to boycott Chobani products.

Jones has defended himself by targeting billionaire George Soros and outlandishly connecting Soros to the lawsuit when no evidence is available to suggest otherwise, and claimed the case had no credibility while vowing to not back down.

AOL reports that Chobani is seeking at least $10,000 in damages for the fake news Jones and Infowars have been spreading.

It’s not that much reward for such a high-profile lawsuit, but the message Chobani sends with it is clear: don’t spread tall tales about them. If you do, you’re gonna pay for it.

UPDATE: Per the Los Angeles Times, Chobani has settled with Alex Jones over the whole matter. Any tweets, videos, and statements Jones and Infowars have made defaming Chobani over these fake news matters have been retracted. Jones also issued the following statement:

“During the week of April 10, 2017, certain statements were made on the Infowars, Twitter feed and YouTube channel regarding Chobani LLC that I now understand to be wrong. The tweets and video have now been retracted, and will not be re-posted. On behalf of Infowars, I regret that we mischaracterized Chobani, its employees and the people of Twin Falls, Idaho, the way we did.”

It is unknown if Chobani also received monetary compensation as part of the settlement, with Chobani only telling the LA Times that “the matter has been resolved.”