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Fake News: Kodak Black NOT Arrested Again Just 1 Day After Being Released From Jail On Marijuana and Illegal Firearm Charges

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:36:57 Z)

Was rapper Kodak Black immediately arrested again a day after being released from jail where he served a 7 month sentence? No, that's not true: a "fauxtire" website that publishes invented stories about rappers and celebrities made up the whole thing. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published by Huzlers on August 19, 2018 titled "Kodak Black Arrested Again Just 1 Day After Being Released From Jail On Marijuana and Illegal Firearm Charges" (archived here) which opened:

FLORIDA - New reports show Florida rapper Kodak Black has been arrested again after only 1 day of being free from a 7 month jail sentence.

After serving 7 months in jail for 2 probation violations in Janurary 2018, Kodak Black was released from prison on August 17, 2018, right before being arrested the following day for possession of an illegal firearm and marijuana. Authorities say Kodak Black may face several years in prison for illegal narcotics and firearm while on probation, almost certainly putting his music career in jeopardy.

Screenshot of http://www.huzlers.com/kodak-black-arrested-again-just-1-day-after-being-released-from-jail-on-marijuana-and-illegal-firearm-charges/

On social media like Facebook it looked more or less like this, leading several people to think it was a real news report from a legitimate news website:

Kodak Black Arrested Again Just 1 Day After Being Released From Jail On Marijuana and Illegal Firearm Charges

FLORIDA - New reports show Florida rapper Kodak Black has been arrested again after only 1 day of being free from a 7 month jail sentence. After serving 7 months in jail for 2 probation violations in Janurary 2018, Kodak Black was released from prison on...

However no legitimate news source reported on this "news", quite the opposite in fact:

Kodak Black Released From Prison After Serving Seven Months

Florida rapper Kodak Black was released from prison after serving seven months for multiple charges.

Huzlers styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:

Huzlers.com is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.

We wrote about huzlers.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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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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