Hoax Alert: Hillary Clinton NOT Just Arrested By FBI

Fact Check

  • by: Maarten Schenk

You may have seen some breaking news flash by on social media about Hillary Clinton being arrested by the FBI. But rest assured, it is an April Fools prank by the Young Conservatives website, as they themselves admit at the end of the article. The story is totally false, just another hoax:

.... April Fools!!

Several other conservative news sites have versions of the same hoax going on so it looks like there is some form of coordination happening here:

Still, if you are a Hillary opponent and you see this flash by on social media, it can be tempting to share it along without checking...

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton ARRESTED by FBI....

Well, it's finally happened, folks. I'm in total shock. I've been waiting years to write these words down in a published piece for the world to gaze their eyes upon, but the day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived.

...so it is no surprise the rumor took off like wildfire, as this graph shows:

  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an 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.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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