False claim about Netflix
The source of the false claim that Netflix removed Christian films was a satirical article, according to reliable news publications.
The satirical article dates back to 2016, but this false claim continues to reappear years later.
The problem with websites producing satire is that, in some cases, it is difficult for some readers to immediately understand that what they are reading is actually fake news.
Satire is generally “a work of art, literature, or entertainment in which the folly and corruption of human beings, institutions, or social structures are exposed, denounced, or ridiculed,” according to Dictionary.com.
Unfortunately, some websites don’t try to make serious points using satire. Instead, they intentionally try to confuse readers, mainly to get clicks.
These websites should make it clear that what viewers are reading is intended to be satire by labeling these articles as such. There should also be information informing visitors about what the website produces.
Fortunately, there are online resources that can help readers spot fake news, including some listed here by NPR.