Was an NSA agent by the name of Hillary Wang charged after 16 million "dick pics" were found on her computer during a raid at her house? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Canadian entertainment website specializing in invented tales about bizarre crimes and weird sex acts. The story was not real.
The story originated from an article published by World News Daily Report on November 28, 2018 titled "FBI raid at NSA employee's home reveals over 16,000,000 'dick pics'" (archived here) which opened:
FBI agents have discovered an estimated 16 million pictures of men's genitals, also known as "dick pics", during a raid on an NSA employee's home this week.
Federal prosecutors have charged Hillary Wang, a National Security Agency employee for 14 years, with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials.
It is believed Wang used her Top Secret security clearance to illegally download an estimated 16 million pictures of sexual nature off of unsuspecting Americans' mobile phones and computers.
Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail and would not have known it wasn't a real news website:
FBI agents have discovered an estimated 16 million pictures of men's genitals, also known as "dick pics", during a raid on an NSA employee's home this week. Federal prosecutors have charged Hillary Wang, a National Security Agency employee for 14 years, with theft of government property and unautho
Howeve the image of the supposed NSA employee was found earlier on a website showing several mugshots:
In 2016 and 2017, eight people were arrested in Pennsylvnia and Virginia, USA, during an investigation which started in relation to the alleged sexual abuse of an underage boy. Most, if not all, of the arrestees were members of the furry fandom.
The website World News Daily Report is a well known satire website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:
World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.
It is run by Janick Murray-Hall and Olivier Legault, who also run the satirical Journal de Mourréal, a satirical site spoofing the (real) Journal de Montéal. Very often their stories feature an image showing a random crazy mugshot found in a mugshot gallery on the internet or on a stock photo website superimposed over a background of flashing police lights or crime scene tape.
Articles from the site are frequently copied (sometimes even months or years later) by varous fake news websites that omit the satire disclaimer and present the information as real.
NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes worldnewsdailyreport.com as:
A website that publishes hoaxes and made-up stories that are often widely shared and mistaken for news.
According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.
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