Wrestling fans converging on Atlanta's Philips Arena Sunday for the WWE's "Survivor Series" extravaganza can calm down. The media reports that ISIS has specifically threatened to attack the event are untrue, based on a hoax circulated through social media.
A local Atlanta TV reporter -- who has a great reputation for accuracy -- dug into the rumor, prompting the FBI to assure the public there was "no no specific or credible information involving a threat " against the Sunday event in Downtown Atlanta.
Tough to sort out truth or falsity on that first report. Appears law enf did a thorough job looking at it https://t.co/6EwUbEPq8d-- Mark Winne (@MarkWinneWSB) November 22, 2015
The reports, which were first seen in a now retracted report by the International Business Times, quoted a purported posting by Anonymous, the hacker group that has vowed to take down all ISIS social media accounts. The report said the group had discovered ISIS plans to attack events at seven cities on Sunday, including the wrestling event in Atlanta. But a main Anonymous Twitter account disputed that.
This account did not tweet about possible future ISIS attacks, this is the original post: https://t.co/ZBRy3rPlfA-- Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) November 21, 2015
And to be more specific, Anonymous said the Atlanta threat reports were fake.
We did not spread any rumors about possible future ISIS attacks, and frankly, we do not know where the rumors come from.-- Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) November 21, 2015
Increased security has been added around the wrestling event as a precaution, but all of those TV live shots can stand down now.
Here's a video of the only explosions you'll see at the "Survivor Series" event.
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