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Altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia governors race

Mar 21, 2017 - Associated Press Financial Wire

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Facebook users beware: that headline on the politically related news article you're reading - including this one - may not be real.

An altered Facebook headline on a newspaper story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor. It's not the first time politicians or their allies have changed headlines to suit their own purposes in linking to real news articles on that platform.

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