Fake news is everywhere these days. Fake news (or clickbait) is normally published for financial gain, by attracting huge amounts of visitors through highly sensationalized or even blatantly false headlines. Kodi is not immune to the fake news epidemic plaguing our society. Hundreds of fake news stories spreading completely falsehoods about Kodi and Kodi addons have been published across the web.
These British tabloids web sites may appear to be real news organizations at first glance, but are actually far from. Not only are the majority of stories published by these organizations factually incorrect, but they are also owned by some of the same corporations that have shown a vested interest in Kodi’s downfall. We’re now going to expose a few of the most egregious fake news stories relating to Kodi that we could find.
#1 Sunday Express says “KODI users have been warned ‘bounty hunters’ are tracking down people who break strict piracy laws in return for a Bitcoin reward.”
They are misquoting a TorrentFreak report that mentions an eBook publishing company who is paying people by Bitcoin who report infringment of their rights online. At no point has any legitimate source reported that bounty hunters are being hired to track Kodi users.
#2 The Irish Sun says “People who used a Kodi Box to watch illegal pirate streams of the Mayweather and McGregor fight could be in BIG trouble.”
There has never been a single report of an individual end user getting in trouble for using a Kodi box. It is also pretty much impossible for users of these devices to be tracked. For that reason we call BS on this headline.
#3 Daily Star Sunday says “Kodi WARNING: Illegal Golovkin vs Alvarez streamers could face 10 YEARS in jail.”
More scare tactics! Nowhere in the world has anyone ever spent a single day in jail for watching an illegal sports stream, nevermind 10 years. This is another total nonsense scare tactic being used to push an agenda and monetize clicks.
#4 The Sun says “BRITS who use “Kodi boxes” could be putting their home in danger because they could be a fire hazard.”
More nonsense being spread by UK tabloids that are being funded by corporations who have a vested interest in the complete annihilation of the Kodi community. There hasn’t been a single confirmed report of anyone’s Kodi box spontaneously combusting.
#5 The Independent reports that “By buying these gadgets you may be cheating actors and creatives out of their earnings, and even worse you could cause an electrical fire in your own home.”
More of the completely unsubstantiated fire hazard claims. No one’s Kodi device has ever caught fire, nor is there any indication that a fire could even be caused as the result of operating one of these devices.
#6 Daily Mail reports that “Thousands of people using Kodi boxes to stream illegal content in the UK could face up to 10 years in prison, thanks to a controversial new law.”
Unless you live in North Korea, there exists no law that could put you in jail for streaming. Even if streaming isn’t legal in your country, it would be breaking civil law at most, and could definitely not result in any sort of criminal penalty.
#7 Daily Mail reports that “Law firm that controls the domains of popular addons is now able to track and report users who stream content illegally.”
As we have already stated, the law firm who controls the domains is a neutral party and has nothing to do with the law firm suing us. The domains have already been ordered by a judge to be returned to us, the law firm is simply protecting them in the meantime.
#8 Sunday Express says that “TVAddons is BACK, but here’s why you should avoid it at all costs.”
The “reasons” they give to avoid our site are far from realistic and this article is clearly meant to undermine our community and scare users away from Kodi. They misquote a bunch of different sources in order to trick unsuspecting readers into believing that what they say is true.
#9 The Irish Sun reports that “Kodi boxes could SPY on innocent owners to let crooks or cops monitor ‘everything they do.'”
Another “Sun” web site spreading total nonsense meant to scare users away from our community and Kodi. This article is meant to scare users. Even if law enforcement was in control of a Kodi repository, they definitely couldn’t use it to spy on everything an individual end user does online. Which court would give them a warrant for that? None.
#10 Coventry Telegraph claims that “Using Kodi to illegally stream could get you 10 years in jail.”
Once again, unless you’re trying to stream anti-government propaganda in Saudi Arabia, there is no chance in hell that you could possibly face a single minute of jail time for online streaming. Do these guys exist to report the news or to frighten and misinform the public?
#11 Kent Live reports that “New legislation has come into effect which could mean Kodi users who stream pirated film and television could be put behind bars.”
More misinformation being spread in order to frighten the public. There is absolutely nothing in the law anywhere that stipulates that you could be put put in jail or face criminal charges for watching an online stream.
#12 Yahoo News says that “Kodi box users ‘could face up to 10 years in jail’ under new piracy law.”
Yahoo should be ashamed for allowing clickbait headlines like this to be posted by their authors. Again, no one is facing jail time for streaming any TV shows anytime in the foreseeable future.
Next time you see some nonsense being spread online about Kodi or TV ADDONS, ignore it. We believe that most of these fake news sites are spreading falsehoods because they are being paid by evil corporations who want to destroy Kodi. At the same time, a sensational headline definitely attracts more clicks, and each time someone visits their web sites, they make a quick buck off the traffic. Moral of the story: learn how to distinguish fake news from legitimate news and you won’t be fooled in the future!