According to ‘news’ circulating via social media (and messengers), “Trump warns Russia over Jehovah’s Witnesses ban and urges members to seek asylum in the US“. This ‘news’ has been linked to the recent Russian Court issue with Jehovah’s Witnesses labelled as an ‘extremist’ group by the ministry of justice. The pronouncement was officially declared last week Thursday, after the sixth hearing in the Russian court.

While it’s true Jehovah’s Witnesses have been banned in Russia, following the court’s pronouncement, it is unclear, till now, whether The US president really sent a warning. The news was featured on fox-news24 about five days ago and has since been promoted on Facebook and it’s child messengers, including WhatsApp.

However, digging deep into the article, the said ‘news’, leaves much to consider when it comes to authenticity. Till now, the ‘news’ being shared via social media remains a rumor until fully confirmed but when? As stated earlier, it’s been five days since it was first published by fox-news24. How are we sure it’s true? Let’s consider these based on my personal research and findings, as I’ve always done in my writings:

• First of all, I searched on the website (fox-news24.com) and I couldn’t find their:

/about-us
/contact-us
/terms
/privacy-policy

Sections.

Every authentic website should spell these pages out correctly for its readers as they help the readers get insight into the kind of source they are reading from. For verification purposes, fox-news24 scored zero, as of today April 24th, 2017 for not spelling out these important pages/links. Since we could not verify the real publishers of the website and all important related information, fox-news24 remains a fake website.

• Secondly, if the said story in the ‘news’ was really true, then given a maximum of 24hrs to 72hrs (1-3 days), the BBC, CNN, Guardian, independent (UK) among others should have the same news (these are some of the world’s trusted international news outlets), but they don’t have it published till now, day five (5)!

• Thirdly, fox-news24 seems to be a clone of the real foxnews.com, a trusted news website! This can happen in the case where fake publishers hide behind some keywords in trusted websites’ URL to deceive inexperienced internet users.

• Further, not forgetting about the author, I checked their profile too and that gave me further conviction that the story is just a manufactured one. In trusted publishing websites, each author is verified by their real identity, their real name or something almost closer, for security purposes (you can check the BBC, CNN author profiles to understand this point). However, on the article in question here, the author is just labelled as the editor and ‘Managed by WordPress Migrate User‘, a third-party WordPress plugin generated user. And it comes without a clearly linked author profile (check the red oval ring in the image above this paragraph).

Consider the above points critically and draw your own conclusion, as I have done. For I’m convinced it’s a fake news!

Jehovah’s Witnesses are always reminded to be sure of the truth before sharing. So I believe it is appropriate to check whatever we find on the internet thoroughly to make sure of the facts. There’s no wisdom in believing anything just because it’s on the internet let alone sharing it (Proverbs 14:15).

So my dear Jehovah’s Witnesses, don’t be carried along by somebody who is trying to make something out of your brothers’ situation in Russia.

Please Note: this article is solidly based on the writer’s research and experience in internet publishing and forensics (but not a mere opinion). It is also in no way expressive of the views of Jehovah’s Witnesses, neither  is it endorsed by the Watchtower. Further, the website is not affiliated to Jehovah’s Witnesses but remains a sole property of Oxelle Media.

Philemon O'Arpelleh

Philemon O'Arpelleh (Philarpy) is the Founder (CEO) of Oxelle Media. He is a young talented Professional Teacher, Tech Writer & works part time as a Graphics & Web Designer. Currently, he's working as a Web Designer @PMP. He simply loves Research & Publishing.

Mobile: (+233) 20 228 4040 (WhatsApp)
Email: philarpy@oxelle.com

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