I'd like to think of these shenanigans as a friendly reminder that not everything on the internet is true. It's understandable to fall for satire headlines sometimes and think it's real for a moment. This happens to people on facebook all the time, when someone posts Onion articles. If you actually read through the article though, you should be able to tell that it's meant as a joke. If satire articles in /v/news get upvoted as actual news, it shows that barely anyone actually reads the articles and upvotes are given based solely on the headline without thinking about the source that it's coming from. If more people on Voat were vigilant about the accuracy of their sources and actually read the articles, I think it would improve the overall discussion on this site.
https://voat.co/v/politics/comments/694790 - Article It had around 40 upvotes
From the article:
"I feel like if we can get the radical leftists and the radical right on board, then we can go somewhere. I bet we could move heaven and Earth if we found a way to just totally ignore the will of the sensible moderates in our great state. Who knows, we might even be able to form our own bi-polar political utopia."
The satire is funny, but the MOOSE movement isn't a thing and the author of the article doesn't exist. Real secession movements do exist though, they are kind of interesting, but also a little nutty.
https://voat.co/v/news/comments/699038 - Article It had around 90 upvotes
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The article from that website exaggerated NSA surveillance (which is bad enough in reality). It was a bit less obvious that the article was meant as satire, but it used a bunch of meaningless buzzwords and a pointless infographic. From the other articles
on the site, you could easily tell it was a joke.