A website made to resemble a CNN article promoting a CBD product is making rounds on Facebook.
“Disturbing allegations surface against Dr. Gupta,” reads the caption of the Facebook post ( here ) sharing a link to the purported article, which includes a photograph of Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN ( here ).
While some users commenting warn the content is not authentic and refer to it as a scam, others appear to believe it is real. Comments include: “Kinda sad that a respected medical expert is now selling snake oil,” and “All of the Drs are under fire!”
Matt Dornic, head of strategic communications at CNN and Neel Khairzada, Gupta’s publicist both told Reuters via email that the content is “absolutely fake.”
The landing page does not carry a CNN domain, but directs to an unrelated website viewable as archive ( here ). It is made to resemble an article on CNN health section (edition.cnn.com/health) (see header with logo on top left corner).
Various elements, however, reveal the site is impostor content.
For example, the typography, the use of bold font throughout the body of the text and italics in the quotes do not match CNN’s usual style.
The faux article includes a comment section at the bottom of the text with purported testimonies about the product. CNN does not include a comment section in their pieces.
Any click on the website takes the user to an advertisement for CBD gummies.
PolitiFact previously addressed a similar post linking to the same fake website ( here ).
False. This link is impostor content made to resemble a CNN website.
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