Fake News: Sam Hyde Is NOT The Van Driver In Suspected Toronto Terror Incident

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Sam Hyde Is NOT The Van Driver In Suspected Toronto Terror Incident

There are reports coming from Toronto about a van deliberately mounting the pavement and hitting several pedestrians. Initial reports are still coming in but some people on social media are already calling it terrorism without knowing anything about the driver or his motives (if any).

One thing is for certain: it won't be long before trolls will start accusing right-wing comedian Sam Hyde of being the suspect, it is a strange in-joke that has been going on for years. We wanted to try and pre-debunk these rumors, so here you go.

Whenever there's a mass shooting, trolls blame comedian Sam Hyde

Sam Hyde is not the perpetrator of a mass shooting. But whenever a shooter strikes and the news reports casualties, trolls race to name Hyde as the culprit. In the worst cases, authorities have been tricked into giving Hyde's name to the press.

CBC already announced the driver is in custody:

Driver in custody after several Toronto pedestrians hit by white van that fled scene | CBC News

Toronto police say they have arrested a driver after a white van struck several pedestrians in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area. Eight to 10 people were hit, but Toronto paramedics said the number was up to five. The van, which may have mounted the curb and hit the pedestrians on the sidewalk, was stopped by police, Const.

Update: and here is the first one:

Follow along live as more Sam Hyde tweets pop up:


  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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