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Meet Rahul Roushan whose website Faking News has a genuine following

just for fun Rahul Roushan
just for fun Rahul Roushan

Rahul Roushan is a 33-year-old with a penchant for news satire. In 2008, he had started a blog where users could read news that was essentially fake; when people started taking note of the articles, a full-fledged website was launched as Faking News in 2009.

This news-satire website publishes fictional and wildly imaginary news reports — usually spin-offs and comments on trending topics.

“When I started the blog, it was just for ‘time-pass’ but once I realised its potential, I stopped everything else to set this up seriously,” says Rahul.

An MBA and ex-journalist, he says that Faking News has been inspired from The Onion , the American news-satire organisation.

Over the years, Faking News has created a brand name for itself and is so popular that it is now Rahul’s only source of income.

There are about three to four regular contributors who write for the website and Rahul also entertains user-generated content, where he publishes around 10 user-generated fake reports under a ‘My Faking News’ .

“There have been instances, where reports on Faking News were mistaken by mainstream news media to be true,” laughs Rahul.

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Who: Rahul Roushan

What: A Faking News website, where he publishes fake and satirical articles in a typical news format

Link: www.fakingnews.com

Quick Read: In light of the recent Sanjay Dutt verdict, Faking News posted, Bollywood threatens to re-release RGV Ki Aag if Sanjay Dutt is not pardoned: Bollywood and Television industry came together as one today and passed a resolution stating that unless Sanjay Dutt was pardoned in the illegal arms case, RGV Ki Aag will be released again in India.

It will be the only film to release this coming Friday; no other film will be released. Films currently running successfully, like superstar Jackky Bhagnani’s Rangrezz will be removed from the theaters. TV channels will play RGV Ki Aag on loop and no other TV show, film, sports event will be shown.

Another piece titled, Man gets life-changing idea, but continues ‘time-pass’ on internet: Ravi Kumar, an avid user of life-saving services like Twitter and Facebook, got a life-changing idea earlier today, but he preferred to pass time on Twitter and Facebook rather than acting on the idea.

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