• Facing Scrutiny From Legit News, Secureteam 10 Flees

    At the end of July, 2018 I received the following email out of the blue:

    Hey! I’m Austin Weinstein, a tech reporter at Bloomberg News. I’ve been chatting a bit with some folks in the UFO spotting commmunity, and Tyler of Secureteam comes up a lot. I know that some people are very vocal that he’s not the most positive force for the community — I was hoping to chat with you about his influence and role. Do you think you’d have some time to chat with me soon?

    I’m accustomed to getting email intended for Tyler Glockner, producer of the UFO hoax YouTube channel Secureteam 10. I have no idea how that happens, but it’s usually a Secureteam fan asking a question. This time, however, it was a legit news outlet asking *about* Tyler.

    In subsequent weeks we emailed back and forth, and I learned he was working on an episode for the Bloomberg News-produced podcast Decrypted. The new season focused on the unintended consequences of technology, and UFO hoaxes, a form of fake news, certainly fit into that category. We discussed various aspects of hoaxing and how the most ardent defenders of hoaxes, in particular many Secureteam fans, are also diehard conspiracy theorists– and supporters of Donald Trump.

    We finally settled on mid-August to record an interview. I was working overtime hours at CBS Television City, so Austin made the extra effort to hire recordist Chris Olin to visit me at CBS during my lunch break. I found an unused office, and Chris recorded me while Austin interviewed me over the phone.

    Naturally we covered far more topics than would ever show up in the final product, including how I’ve been interested in science fiction and the paranormal since I was a teen, and other debunkers I support and admire like Scott Brando and Captain Disillusion; he found it interesting that Captain D and I have the same visual effects background. Most relevant, however, was my take on Tyler Glockner of Secureteam 10, who I’ve been tracking since 2014.

    The episode was scheduled for an early September release, and I wondered: since Secureteam 10 would figure prominently in the episode, why wasn’t I asked to respond to anything Tyler had said during his interview? Was he being interviewed after me, and they’d call me for a follow-up?

    Once the episode aired, all my questions were answered. Spoiler alert: Secureteam 10 declined to respond to Austin Weinstein’s inquiries. He just ignored Bloomberg, the way he blocks all his critics on YouTube and Twitter– before he was even criticized. While Tyler Glockner loves the publicity he gets from trash tabloids like The Express, The Sun and The Daily Mail, when faced with a legitimate news source he closed the door, drew the curtains and turned out the lights. You suppose he might have something to hide?

    Decrypted podcast: UFO Hunting In The Photoshop Age

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  • Fake Anonymous

    There is no shortage of YouTube channels created to profit by deceiving people into watching, but the channel called Anonymous Global takes this ploy to the next level. Not only has Anonymous Global fabricated fake UFO stories, but its very identity is false, pretending to be affiliated with the infamous hacker group Anonymous while sharing none of its values and acting as a propaganda flack for frequent Anonymous target President Donald Trump. The YouTube channel should not to be confused with any other entity, including the Twitter account @YourAnonGlobal which seems to be in line with common Anonymous themes and opinions.

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  • Spheremongers

    The easiest hoaxes to pull off are those in which an ambiguous photo or low resolution video is blatantly misrepresented as capturing a paranormal event. In this case, UFO hoax channel UFO Mania happened upon video of a Russian art project and suggested it was something extraterrestrial. The Daily Star UK tabloid news site, scouring the dregs of YouTube for clickbait, obliges UFO Mania by selling the story as “Footage of eerie glowing orb spotted in wilderness is baffling viewers.” The only “baffling” phenomenon is how people continue to fall for such nonsense.

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  • The (Annotated) Truth About Secureteam 10

    Perhaps feeling some heat as a result of recent events, UFO fraud Tyler Glockner released a video on his Secureteam 10 YouTube channel that seeks to appeal to his audience as “family” – because nothing says familial affection like lying to them for profit.

    Dripping with fake sincerity, the piece is a montage of images and video sent in by his unsuspecting fans displaying his stickers and t-shirts, and in one case a poor sod who appears to have spent the better part of an afternoon-evening setting up and knocking down a domino mosaic of the Secureteam logo.

    UFO Theater responded with an annotated version, providing a couple of examples of Secureteam’s made-up scenarios, and highlighting Glockner’s income from YouTube, as well as secrecy about income from his Patreon donation account.

    The most horrifying part of the Secureteam love-fest had to be edited out, because it was unbearable: footage of various 2 to 4 year old children wearing Secureteam gear and generally being exposed to Secureteam nonsense on phones and computer screens. It’s depressing to think of parents passing on the practice of blindly assimilating misinformation from one of the worst possible sources when there’s a wake up call just a few clicks away.

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  • Secureteam 10 Debunked and Demonetized

    The latest news on Tyler Glockner, producer of the Secureteam 10 UFO hoax channel on YouTube with over 800,000 subscribers, is not good. Glockner was recently shocked to discover that his earnings may be cut as a result of YouTube’s new monetization policies. But Tyler will not see his lavish ill-gotten income diminished, no sir! He’s now appealing directly to his subscribers for support.

    According to this article in Forbes, YouTube is demonetizing videos that are not considered “advertiser friendly,” and it appears Secureteam 10 videos fall into this category. This is not surprising, as YouTube and its advertisers are staffed with functioning adults who have some critical ability. They are in contrast to the majority of Secureteam 10 followers, as evidenced by the fans’ comments on UFO Theater’s debunking video The Wings of Fail.

    In a video message posted on April 6, 2017 (“SECURETEAM Shutting Down?”) Glockner laughably describes his channel as “alternative news” and refers to the demonetization as “censorship at its worst,” hoping his viewers don’t understand the meaning of the terms “alternative news” and “censorship.”

    Will YouTube reverse its new policy? Hopefully not anytime soon.

    Now Glockner has started a Patreon account to accept donations, but doesn’t disclose the amount of money he’s being given as others do. He probably has a sense that his YouTube subscribers don’t realize that, with the help of free publicity from the tabloid press, he makes in excess of $300,000 a year creating UFO hoaxes and spinning trending news stories into an alternate reality. The upside to the monetization shakeup is Secureteam 10’s viewership has started naively appealing to the wider UFO community for support. As a result, once outside the information vacuum surrounding the YouTube channel, they are exposed to the awful truth. Many cannot easily absorb it.

    To assist their education, here is the continually accumulating case against Tyler Glockner and Secureteam 10:

    The UFO Theater debunk playlist – demonstrates how Secureteam 10 creates UFO videos using visual effects, an receives help and publicity from tabloid news sites.

    The Dazzathecameraman debunk playlist – Highlight: Dazza, aka astronomer Dave Greg, exposes how Tyler Glockner created and impersonated an informant he called “Ken the Astronomer” and clumsily Photoshopped an image of Neptune behind Saturn, claiming it was a new planet entering the solar system.

    This tweet by ufoofinterest.org, aka Scott Brando demonstrates how Tyler misrepresented a normal feature of Mars as a “shadow of an alien satellite.”
    This tweet shows how a Hayabusa capsule re-entry from 2010 was misrepresented by Secureteam as an “alien satellite shot down by the Illuminati.”
    This thread on Metabunk.org details how Secureteam exploits data errors in Google Moon to claim there are towers on the moon.
    March 19, 2016: Secureteam misrepresents a 2010 Hayabusa capsule re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere as a “leaked clip of alien satellite being shot down.”

    May 3, 2017: Secureteam 10 misrepresents a long-ago debunked time lapse photo of a helicopter as a UFO sighting (“ALIEN Technology Tested Over France?”). Later, Tyler doubles down on the hoax with “UPDATE: Massive ‘Ship’ Over France, China & Australia!”

    May 6, 2017: Secureteam claims there are “BIZARRE Markings of Fish Caught In Phillipines” and is swiftly debunked by, well, many sources.

    May 13, 2017: With the help of hoaxer Streetcap1, Secureteam knowingly misrepresents a lens flare as an “alien disc caught on space station live feed,” cropping and rotating the video to make it harder to find the NASA source footage.

    May 15, 2017: Secureteam includes a crudely composited fake UFO in its video “Wave of Anti-Gravity Craft Over England.”

    May 19, 2017: Secureteam uses stolen footage from (Kaschuba Brothers) hoax channel xxxdonutzxxx as part of a video about “strange reflections detected on Earth”, which of course, have already been explained.

    June 5, 2017: Secureteam does no research, and is quick to misrepresent an RC plane with fireworks attached as a UFO in a video titled “Something ‘CIRCLING’ Over UK Skies.”

    June 23, 2017: Unconcerned with wasting his viewers’ time, Tyler creates an episode titled “WHAT Did This Photographer Snap Above Him?” that features a mylar sun-shaped balloon.

    July 17, 2017: Not too proud to stoop to the lowest levels, Secureteam uses the same 3-year-old space shuttle photo of lens reflections exploited by hoaxers Thirdphaseofmoon, a YouTube channel often referred to by, ironically, Secureteam fans as an example of a “real” hoax operation.


     

    Scott Brando debunks Secureteam 10 videos on a weekly basis. Follow his Twitter feed here.

    A former fan of Secureteam 10 sees the light.
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  • The NEW iUFOSIGHTINGS UFO Catalog

    No UFO hoax channel on YouTube is more ridiculous and confounding than iUFOSightings. Originally called NDestination Unknown before it mysteriously disappeared from YouTube, it quickly reappeared a month later with a new look, inspiring so many questions. The primary question: is he serious?

    Crazy undulating objects, human figures, satellites… nothing is off limits as iUFOSightings posts up to 5 days a week, with each post the same: some strange object floating over a nondescript background. It’s often excellent footage, which is obvious because a lower third graphic proclaims “Excellent Footage.” Or you may see a UFO clip in sepia tone with scratches and dirt labeled “Archived Footage.” Other enigmatic titles include “This Is It” “What Is It” and “Found Footage.” Nobody is buying this, right? Except for the 26,000 SUBSCRIBERS. Is this real life?

    I suppose we’ll never get the answer, as the mysterious person behind iUFOSightings has blocked UFO Theater on Twitter after getting mentioned in a promotional Tweet about the UFO Catalog.

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    See the original satirical UFO Catalog commercial here:

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  • Bring Debunk, Bring The Noise

    I connected with Kyle of UFO Proof for a live chat on Thursday, February 2 to discuss how I got into debunking, Kyle’s incredible UFO experience, and some of the best and worst UFO-related videos we’ve seen on YouTube. Here’s a 20 minute enhanced edit:

    If that tickles your fancy, here’s the complete, unedited 60 minute video on the UFO Proof channel. We may make this a regular thing.

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  • Hoaxers, Where Are You Going With This?

    As we learned in the recent American election, shame and ridicule is not an effective strategy for changing minds; in fact, it often has the opposite effect. We’ve been casting shame and ridicule on UFO hoaxers for years, and aside from warning UFO freaks about the endless parade of fakes on YouTube and elsewhere, UFO Theater has been unable to get the fakers to relent. We hope that by asking the frauds themselves to consider their future in this field, we may set them on a better, more productive path.

    Many thanks to the anonymous sponsor who made it possible for me to purchase a real microphone for recording voiceover, instead of having to do multiple takes into a webcam because I wasn’t exactly the right distance away from the device. Merry Christmas to (and from) UFO Theater!

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  • Terrible Web Sites Create The First “Hoaxception”

    As we predicted on March 29, the celestial event of a comet or asteroid slamming into Jupiter has led to some hoaxing activity piggybacked on the real event, as hoaxers like to do. What we couldn’t have predicted was how it happened.

    On March 30th online turd factory The Inquisitr ran with another one of their absurdly verbose headlines:

    SOMETHING JUST CRASHED INTO JUPITER: IT’S AN ALIEN UFO MOTHERSHIP, UFO HUNTERS SAY – NO, IT’S LIKE AN ASTEROID, SAYS NASA

    While quoting astronomers, “writer” JohnThomas Didymus seems to have buried the lead within the text by simply providing a hyperlink within the phrase “UFO enthusiasts believe it was caused by an alien UFO mothership.” That hyperlink points to a page on paranormal content theft site Disclose.tv.

    Jumping to the Disclose.tv page, we see the links to the same two videos featured on The Inquisitr, with the headline “MOTHERSHIP SLAMS INTO JUPITER.” However, within the story there are no quotes, references or evidence presented (fabricated or otherwise) to support the headline.

    This is possibly a first in the long history of hoaxing: a hoax headline points to another hoax headline, which itself is a hoax in the sense that no hoax exists. Like the movie Inception where the characters collectively experience a dream within a dream within a dream, The Inquisitr and Disclose.tv have created a hoax within a hoax within a hoax.

    A remarkable achievement. Remarkable, and sad.

    The Inquisitr and Disclose.tv create a hoax within a hoax within a hoax.
    The Inquisitr and Disclose.tv create a hoax within a hoax within a hoax.
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  • Scott Waring Stupidity Level: Legendary

    In March of 2016, online turd factory The Inquisitr indulged another Scott Waring hoax in which Waring claims to have spotted missing flight MH370. For this to be possible, the plane would have to be dragged 4,000 miles underwater across two mountain ranges, and end up on the Cape of Good Hope. In one piece. And TRANSPARENT.

    Obviously Waring is pretending that two converging waves found on Google Earth is the missing plane. One would assume there was a level of stupidity below which The Inquisitr and other third rate news sites wouldn’t publicize Waring’s work, but no such luck.

    Now again in March 2017, Waring’s scheme to shake down the corpses of the MH370 for loose change has been reborn as part of an article carried by the hoaxer’s best friend, Jon Austin of the Daily Express UK. They have no shame, so pay no attention.

    mh370_waring

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