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Fake News: Ballot Measure "D" Passed In California, NOT About Hate Crimes (Correction)

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:44:55 Z)

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Correction: A ballot measure "D" was actually passed with 75.94% in Oakland but it had nothing to do with hate crimes or undocumented persons. It read:

Shall the measure, to protect and improve library services throughout Oakland, including: providing safe places for youth after school; preventing library closures; providing youth reading and senior programs, evening/weekend hours for students/families and adult literacy services; establishing a 20 year annual parcel tax, $75 for single family parcels, other parcel type at specified rates; and providing about $10,000,000 annually, with audits, citizens' oversight and exemptions for low income seniors and residents, be adopted?

Was ballot measure "D" passed in California during yesterday's election related to hate crimes? No, that's not true: there is no new measure in effect that would automatically charge any law-enforcement officer committing an act of violence against an undocumented person with a hate crime. That news came from a satirical meme posted by a Facebook page set up to troll conservatives. It was not real.

The meme was published in a post dated June 6, 2018 on a Facebook page titled "America's Last Line Of Defense |." (archived here) and the text in it read:

In yesterday's election, Californians passed ballot measure "D". Any law-enforcement officer who commits an act of violence against an undocumented person... ..will be charged with a hate crime.

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/thelastlineofdefense/posts/2079205372338892

No such measure was actually on the ballot yesterday.

The Facebook page originally spreading it carries following disclaimer in the about section:

Nothing on this page is real. It is a collection of the satirical whimsies of liberal trolls masquerading as conservatives. You have been warned.

Use the force and the truth shall reveal itself. Just not here. Ever.

Good Old Fashioned Liberal Troll Provided Fantasy presented as comedy to the left and a social experiment to the right. Please don't hurt the Trumpanzees. they'll be gone in a few years back to the shadows from whence they came and we'll be back to trolling Tea Turds.


: Story updated to reflect an actual ballot measure "D" was approved but it had nothing to do with hate crimes or undocumented persons.

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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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