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Facebook to blame for drop in number of people rehoming cats and dogs

     
5:15 am on Apr 4, 2018 (gmt 0)

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It is the end of the world! FB blamed for yet another cultural dysfunction. News at Eleven...

[telegraph.co.uk...]

If not obvious, this is either humor or (wait for it) fake news. :)
11:11 am on Apr 4, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Not quite either, its spun. there seems to be a more accurate report here: [petgazette.biz...]
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The "fake news" part is neglecting to report that the WEB makes shopping easier and ALL B&M have equally suffered. Portraying FB as the villain was a bit lame on the writer's (or spinners) part. Worse, the story is not even original in reporting this aspect of the web v the real world. Sigh.

The humor, for me, was it must have been a really slow news day for anyone to even pen this "story".
11:20 am on Apr 4, 2018 (gmt 0)

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after quickly checking that it wasn't dated april 1st!

actually it does make sense ... i think facebook has made finding all kinds of things, including pets so much easier
of course not just facebook, but the internet in general - remember that for a lot of people facebook is the internet.

also if you have actually been to battersea dogs home you'd know that the majority of dogs there are staffordshire bull terriers (or crossbreds thereof) and not everyone wants that kind of dog.

[side rant]
of course, on this subject, there is a waiting list for most well bred dogs - particularily currently fashionable breeds.
virtually every reputable breeder has plenty of people interested in the puppies before the mother has even given birth.
so if you can just buy a puppy straight away and take it home then it has almost certainly come from a puppy farm,
even if it looks like you are buying it off a sweet old lady
[end of rant]
7:06 pm on Apr 4, 2018 (gmt 0)

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@tangor, If you classify this as fake news, a lot else is. It seems at least as accurate as the average news story.

I have noticed that the more I know about a topic (or place) the more likely I am to realise a news story about it is misleading or plain wrong. Personally I have had the BBC make up a quote, Reuters and Bloomberg quote unrepresentative snippets of what I said....