Hoax Alert: Blood Moon Did NOT Spark Bloods-Crips Gang War in Compton

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  • by: Maarten Schenk


Known fake-news website huzlers.com is reporting 22 dead, 31 injured and 33 arrested in Compton because of gang violence caused by the "Blood Moon" last night. None of this is true: Huzlers bills itself as an "urban satirical entertainment website" and regularily posts made-up news. A few weeks ago it reported that rapper Slim Jesus had been killed, which was also not true.

The Los Angeles County Sherrif's Department website has no mention of an increase in arrests or violence last night. To us it seems pretty clear the only thing the "Blood Moon" sparked was an increase in fake news reporting.

Lead Stories' Trendolizer™ constantly scours social networks for real and fake news about the "Blood Moon". Scroll down to see the latest.

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder 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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