This story is fake, Kanye and Kim haven’t broken up. Clicking on the link will take you to a voter registration site. Elle/Twitter
The midterm elections scheduled for November 6 is around the corner and some people are using fake news to get more people to vote.
The recent trend by individuals as well as reputable publications is to make tweets containing false, sensational celebrity news in order to entice people to register to vote.
The links in these tweets lead to different sites where one can register to vote.
However, not everyone is buying the idea, with critics saying that the tweets are irritating, annoying, and that news publication outfits should hardly be involved in the proliferation of false news.
A lot of tweets have been flying around containing fake, sensational celebrity news – from claiming knowledge as to why Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande broke up, to a false story about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West splitting up.
The tweets have been posted by both individuals and publications with the links in them leading to sites that assist people to register to vote.
The posts appear to target specific audiences especially youths that are interested in celebrity gossip. The posts aim to reach younger voters view a view to increase their participation for the forthcoming elections as it has been noted turn out of youths is the lowest compared to the rest of the population.
A survey conducted by Gallup recently shows that only 26% of voters between the ages of 18 to 29 are certain they'll vote in the November 6 elections compared to 58% of overall voters and with 82% of those between 65 and above sure to vote.
Former President Barack Obama was featured urging young people to get to the polls this week in a new video that “tackles seven commonly made excuses for not voting”
The nearly five-minute video was uploaded on October 17 by ATTN: in it, Obama is seen reading and responding to the seven reasons, of which: “I don’t care about politics,” “I don’t know where I’m supposed to vote” and “Midterms are boring” ranked the highest as most used excuses.
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