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clickbait

Online articles (especially on social media sites) that use provocative or intriguing headlines (often in combination with images) to drive traffic to the source. I wouldn't put too much faith in that article about "the one food no one should ever eat"—it's probably just clickbait.
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'Such articles founded on false facts and sensational 'click-bait' headlines are merely intended to dispel the benefits enjoyed by the rakyat through the scheme.
One episode features the click-bait tease, "Was the moon landing a fake?" Of course, this has been a standard conspiracy theory trope since, well, men first landed on the moon, and the Conspiracies episode does its darnedest to sow confusion and doubt about the very elaborate, expensive and meticulously planned moon mission known as Apollo 11.
She added: "It's just such click-bait, she's such a sweet girl, she's got such a big heart and everyone just needs to chill and give her a chance because this stuff has honestly going way too far now."
Although media coverage of the S-200 projectile that crashed into a hillside in the north on Monday was accurate overall, some outlets could not resist the temptation to slide into hyperbole and click-bait.
This has led to the consequence that there are incentives for promoting outrage (the so called "click-bait" model), and the entire ecosystem then becomes permeated with false information that often wreaks havoc on social as well as economic lives.
I find it troubling, but I am somewhat reassured because for every anti-vaccine click-bait article posted, there are 20 other posts urging parents to follow their paediatrician's vaccine schedule.
Of course I realize this is all click-bait nonsense, but come on already," the tweet read.
But in the shouting match that has become the Internet, sites that offer "click-bait" sensationalised or even untrue stories are less costly to create and maintain, and can generate big traffic through outrageous claims.
You could say they are 'aha' moments -- the interviews are meant to be fun, entertaining, stimulating, thought-provoking -- and a little reminiscent of a day when the term 'click-bait' did not exist."
In a recent Instagram post, Dan addressed the 'harsh things' said about his band and all 'click-bait horsesh*t' masquerading as 'fair criticism.'
BuzzFeed, originally a click-bait website that has tried with uneven results to become a serious news source, announced that 15 percent of its reporting staff would lose their jobs.
Death of journalism, or the beginning of the end for divisive click-bait?
Understanding the need for reliable and relevant updates in an online environment saturated with fake, headline-grabbing click-bait, iflix has dedicated itself to the amalgamated distribution of trusted, editorially-sound factual content from renowned sources that encompass current affairs, financial and business reporting, world and local news, the release stated.
A Acute flaccid myelitis has been in the news a lot lately, typically with breathless click-bait headlines.
In an era when we are expected to absorb vast amounts of information in a multi-tasking, double-screen, click-bait, tab-switching learning environment, skim reading is the norm.