A study by the prestigious department of Idiocy and General Fuckwittery at the World famous Rochdale Community University has revealed that between 111% and 112% of all people who use social media can’t tell the difference between real and fake news.

Researchers are worried by the findings as it reveals an almost complete absence of critical thinking in the British population.

“We’re really worried” Professor John Humphreys told The Herald. “The findings reveal an almost complete absence of critical thinking in the British population.”

The surge in the number of voting age thickos who couldn’t think themselves out of a wet paper bag is not just a British problem but is also causing problems in the United States, France, Russia and North Korea. Nigeria is thrilled though;

“We’re thrilled.” Double Click Johnson of Nigeria’s Phisheries Ministry told us. “Oil prices have been rubbish, if it wasn’t for British Pensioners sending us their bank details and PIN numbers we’d be bankcrupt.”

“If they believe Boris when he tells them the NHS is getting an extra £350 million a week after Brexit they’ll believe us when we tell them they have a long lost uncle called Adekunle, who’s a prince, who wants to give them a bag of diamonds in return for their bank account PIN number. Make hay while the sun shines.”

If it’s not on Reuters it’s probably fake.

(Other state sponsored internet fraud operations are available).

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Quentin D Fortesqueue is a founding editor of The Rochdale Herald. Part time amateur narcissist and full time satirist Quentin is never happier than when playing his lute and drinking a full bodied Bordeaux. He rarely plays the lute and never gets to drink Bordeaux.