Readers are being duped by fake news about Angelina Jolie supposedly being in a â€śfuryâ€ť over Brad Pittâ€™s â€śromance.â€ť Though these falsehoods have already been debunked, this narrative is still the top result on search engines. Gossip Cop can explain whatâ€™s going on.
Last week, on April 18, we called out RadarOnline and the print edition of the National Enquirer for running virtually identical, untruthful stories about Jolie supposedly being â€śfuriousâ€ť over Pittâ€™s alleged relationship with Neri Oxman. The reports alleged the actor was so â€śover the moon about his new loveâ€ť that he believed Oxman â€ścould be his next wife.â€ť The articles went on to contend that the romance could â€ścost him in court,â€ť because Jolieâ€™s â€śfury over his new relationshipâ€ť could be used against Pitt in their ongoing divorce and custody battle.
Gossip Cop explained, with evidence, why these contentions are false. For starters, Jolie would have no legal grounds for using Pittâ€™s purported relationship in a court case. But beyond that, this storyline was flawed because the main premise â€” Jolieâ€™s anger over her estranged husbandâ€™s love life â€” hinged on Pitt and Oxman being a couple. They are not. As Page Six first reported, and we confirmed with his spokesperson, Pitt and the MIT professor are strictly professional friends and have not embarked on a romance. So Jolie has nothing to be â€śfuriousâ€ť about. The sisters outlets wouldâ€™ve known that if they actually had real insight and genuine â€śinsiders,â€ť as claimed.
After the allegations were disproven, the National Enquirer waited a week before publishing its bogus story online on April 25. Did the supermarket tabloid have new evidence to support its assertions? No. Did the magazine have proof to counter our debunking? No. There was nothing substantially different about this digital version of the tall tale. But even though it was already shot down, it was still promoted on search engines as new content.
Now on April 28, this fake news is still being prioritized over new and accurate news, as seen in the screengrab below. That means when fans search â€śAngelina Jolie,â€ť one of the first things they see in â€śTop Storiesâ€ť is misinformation. This canâ€™t even be excused away as the search engine merely showing the most recent article about Jolie. As the search result itself indicates, this post is from â€ś3 days ago.â€ť The notion that nothing about Jolie has been published online since then is implausible. Unfortunately, an old, inaccurate article, particularly one that was debunked, is instead being given prominence and visitors are getting fake news instead of fact-checked news.