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Fake News: Nigeria NOT Favored in Trump's Immigration War; Did NOT Sign Visa-free Travel Policy for Nigerians

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 04 Feb 2017 09:12:22 Z)

Fake news website vanguardng.local-reports.com tried to make people believe Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing visa-free travel to the United States by Nigerian citizens. The first paragraphs of the article read:

The United States President, Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow all Nigeria nationals travel to the United States without visas.

The new order, serving as a change in visa policy for Nigerians traveling to the United States, would permit them stay in the U.S for a maximum period of 180 days for Tourism or Business purposes only. Stay over 180 days would therefore require a visa.

None of this is true, no such order is listed among Trump's executive orders so far. If you want to travel to the United States from Nigeria, contact the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria about a visa.

The hoax article is clearly inspired by a rash of other visa-free travel hoaxes that have been making the rounds since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, exploiting the hopes and fears of many people to gain a few clicks on a website.

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About the author:

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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