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Hoax Alert: Fake Stories Circulating About The Paris Terror Attacks Of November 13, 2015

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:43:27 Z)

Twitter can be a great source of information during tragedies. Unfortunately a lot of false information is also doing the rounds about the Paris terror attacks (more coverage about that here). Here is an overview of several stories confirmed false by Lead Stories.

Eiffel tower lights were extinguished to honor the victims

This video began circulating on Twitter shortly after the attacks, but it is actually from January 8th 2015 and it was done to honor the Charlie Hebo terror attack victims who died the day before.

Donald Trump tried to make this a gun control issue way too soon

As the date on the tweet shows, he made this comment on January 7th of 2015. Ok, it was in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that happened on that day in Paris. But at least he didn't do it again, this time. Yet.

The Calais refugee camp nicknamed 'the Jungle' was set on fire

Belgium closed its borders

Seems like someone forgot to inform this journalist who crossed the border without problems:

The Belgian minister for the interior & security did tweet Belgian police is helping their French colleagues with border checks

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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