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Fake News: Rapper 6ix9ine NOT In Critical Condition After Being Shot, NOT Dead Either

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 03 Jun 2018 19:11:11 Z)

Was rapper 6ix9ine shot and is he currently in critical condition or even dead? And was his fellow rapper Chief Keef arrested by the LAPD for firing the fatal shot? No, that's not true: the Buzzfeed reports that started the rumor were contributed via Buzzfeed's community feature that lets anyone write whatever they want, it isn't true.

The shooting story originated from an article published by Buzzfeed user "jakesblog" on June 3, 2018 titled "Upcoming Rapper 6ix9ine In Critical Condition After Being Shot" (archived here) which read:

At approximately 7 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, prominent rapper 6ix9ine was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting. Authorities have reported that he is alive, but in critical conditon. Recently 6ix9ine has been engaging in arguments via instagram with fellow rapper Chief Keef (who was recently shot at as well). Details are scarce at the moment but Buzzfeed will continue to follow the story as new updates are made.

Screenshot of https://www.buzzfeed.com/jakesblog/upcoming-rapper-6ix9ine-in-critical-condition-afte-3hbfc

A short while later jakesblog made a second post, which was titled "Rapper Chief Keef In Custody After Shooting That Left Rapper 6ix9ine Dead" and which read:

Rapper Chief Keef was arrested and charged with first degree attempted murder after him and members of his crew fired shots at rapper 6ix9ine, which put him in critical conditon.

However, both posts carried Buzzfeed's community disclaimer, which read:

This post has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone create a post.

Both posts were made at least half a day ago, yet less than an hour ago 6ix9ine was still posting to his official Instagram account:

I've brought u back from the dead. Welcome back.

Een bericht gedeeld door TATI OUT NOW LINK IN BIO (@6ix9ine_) op

Rapper 6ix9ine (also known as Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez) had been feuding with Keef earlier but denied being behind a shooting that targeted him recently:

Tekashi69 Says His Crew Did Not Fire a Shot at Chief Keef

Tekashi69 We Didn't Shoot at Keef We're All About Rainbows and Peace Tekashi69 denies his crew took a shot at Chief Keef ... in fact, he says his MO is the opposite of violence. We got Keef at the Montage hotel in Bev Hills Saturday, hours after someone took a shot at Keef in NYC's Times Square.

The fact that the hoax articles were posted to the Buzzfeed domain name made at least one hip-hop news website believe the news was confirmed:

Rapper 6ix9ine In Critical Condition After Being Shot - 24/7 Hip-Hop News - FOR THE CULTURE

According to Buzzfeed At approximately 7 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, prominent rapper 6ix9ine was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting. Authorities have reported that he is alive, but in critical conditon. Recently 6ix9ine has been engaging in arguments via instagram with fellow rapper Chief Keef (who was recently shot at as well).

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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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