A new rumor circulates around the web about a supposed app that accepts payment for rides with sex. The information, released by some websites since last Tuesday (22), can be considered false for a number of reasons, common to other types of fake news disseminated on the Internet. According to the publications, a Dutch company would bring the application to Brazil.
According to Google Trends, the Internet search monitoring tool, the term "sex ride app" has increased its search by over 1,150% over the past seven days. The subject has also been widely commented on by Twitter users.
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The application would arrive in early 2020 in the country, and would work through a monthly subscription for passengers and drivers, which would cost between $ 15 and $ 20. The program would be open to the intentions of users and would provide options to choose from. gender before the request. There is, however, no information about the name of the Dutch company in question and the news was not carried by major websites.
How to identify fake news
According to Boatos.org, a site that specializes in fake news checking, the supposed app that accepts payment for rides with sex has some attention-grabbing features. The fact that there is no information about the name of the company responsible for the curious app, since it should aim to bill with the program. In addition, there are no publications with news in other languages. Finally, the app would be profiting from third party sex, which could characterize ruffianism, a practice prohibited in Brazil.
Other methods can be used to identify fake news. Information without reliable source should be questioned the alleged app has not been reported in any major media outlets. The use of random data to justify information, the alarmist or conspiratorial tone, and the request to disclose the information are also features common to rumors and false news.
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