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Fake News: Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin NOT Killed In Bridge Collapse

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:36:44 Z)

It is saturday and that means Busta Troll is launching another Hillary Clinton death hoax (like he does every week, if you've been following). This time Hillary crashed to her death in a bridge collapse, variously of the "Maxatunamayo Bridge in Columbus, New York" or the "Mulatagrane Bridge in Columbus, New York" on the non-existent "Nimbolosci" river.

So far we've detected the hoax spread out over two articles, more might still be added later:

One of the articles opens:

The Mulatagrane Bridge in Columbus, New York has been in a state of immediate danger since 2009. It was submitted to the federal government but denied because of a clerical error on the application by the Obama administration. Last night it collapsed, and Obama has now been told that cost him the lives of two of his pals.

Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin were traveling in a 2017 Ford Crown Victoria with two Secret Service agents when the bridge collapsed, sending them into the Nimbolosci river -- the fifth strongest current in the world. Their bodies were recovered this morning more than a mile downstream. They had all escaped the vehicle but none escaped the deadly current.

One of the articles also contained a fake Donald Trump tweet about the incident:

We suspect the tweet was generated using the Tweeterino fake tweet generating service since google searches for the text of the tweet led back to that website.

Both sites carrying the hoax have clear satire disclaimers, for example:

We believe that there is nothing more precious than the mind of an aging conservative. Here we gather a boatload of bullhonkey, works of pure satirical fiction, to give the fist-shakers of the world a reason to hate. Reality is often in the eye of the beholder. You won't find any of it here.
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Previous Hillary Clinton death hoaxes by Busta Troll and his network of sites include:

Don't fall for this one either! We know of at least one "real" fake/conspiracy site that fell for the hoax already.

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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