November 30, 2020

"Fake CNN Site (With Obscenities) Puzzles CNN"

From a Moscow Times Article:

U.S. broadcaster CNN expressed bewilderment Tuesday over the appearance of a web site bearing its iconic red logo and poorly translated articles in Russian.

The web site, Cnnrussia.ru, is attracting thousands of visitors a day and sponsors Facebook, Twitter and LiveJournal communities as well.

CNN Moscow bureau chief Maxim Tkachenko said the broadcaster does not have a Russian-language web site.

Claudia Coles, a London-based spokeswoman for CNN, said the broadcaster was looking into the matter. “I can confirm this is not a CNN site. We are evaluating next steps,” Coles said by e-mail.

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The purpose of the web site was unclear. Cybersquatters have been known to take over the domain names of companies, state agencies and celebrities. U.S. camera maker Eastman Kodak won a costly, two-year legal battle for the rights to Kodak.ru in 1999, while Forbes magazine won a similar lawsuit over Forbes.ru last year.

It appears some  ads come from Google and some images are hosted on Flickr.

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Update: The CNNRussia.ru web site was still live on Sunday, May 29, 2011.

Here are a few static screenshots captured at that time.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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