The CEO of fact-checking site Snopes was caught plagiarizing dozens of articles


  • Snopes CEO and cofounder David Mikkelson plagiarized dozens of stories, BuzzFeed reports.
  • Mikkelson was also writing plagiarized Snopes content under a pseudonym: “Jeff Zarronandia.”
  • He isn’t stepping down as Snopes CEO, but did issue an apology.

Snopes, the website that advertises itself as, “the internet’s definitive fact-checking resource,” is facing a major plagiarism scandal: The site’s CEO and cofounder, David Mikkelson, just admitted to plagiarizing dozens of Snopes articles.

That’s according to a BuzzFeed News investigation that first discovered the plagiarized works. When Snopes investigated, it found a whopping 54 pieces in total that included plagiarism. That investigation remains ongoing, according to the company.

“Plagiarism undermines our mission and values, full stop,” Snopes executives said in a statement. “It has no place in any context within this organization.

To that end, Mikkelson’s publishing rights have been revoked. He remains a 50% shareholder and the company’s CEO.

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