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Fake News: Rapper 'Lil Bibby' NOT In Hospital Following Shootout

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 08 Sep 2018 12:54:53 Z)

Was rapper Lil Bibby shot and is he now in hospital following a shootout? No, that's not true: the "news" was reported by a prank website which tries to fool people into believing it is CBS News through a deceptive domain name. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published on cbsnews.us (not cbsnews.com) on September 8, 2018 titled "Rapper 'Lil Bibby' In Hospital Following Shootout" (archived here) which opened:

Brandon 'Lil Bibby' Dickinson drill rapper out of Chicago is in hospital following shootout in Lake Shore Drive.

Screenshot of https://cbsnews.us/2018/09/8/Rapper--Lil-Bibby--In-Hospital-Following-Shootout/0UmFwcGVyIOKAmExpbCBCaWJieeKAmSBJbiBIb3NwaXRhbCBGb2xsb3dpbmcgU2hvb3RvdXQ=.QnJhbmRvbiDigJhMaWwgQmliYnnigJkgRGlja2luc29uIGRyaWxsIHJhcHBlciBvdXQgb2YgQ2hpY2FnbyBpcyBpbiBob3NwaXRhbCBmb2xsb3dpbmcgc2hvb3RvdXQgaW4gTGFrZSBTaG9yZSBEcml2ZS4=.aHR0cHM6Ly9mYXJtOC5zdGF0aWNmbGlja3IuY29tLzc1NDQvMTU2OTMzODIwNTFfZGJmYTZiM2RjYV96LmpwZw==

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so it is easy to see why they might have confused it for actual news:

Rapper 'Lil Bibby' In Hospital Following Shootout

Brandon 'Lil Bibby' Dickinson drill rapper out of Chicago is in hospital following shootout in Lake Shore Drive.

However the site is part of a larger network of prank sites centered on thefakenewsgenerator.com and each page on the site has following disclaimer near the top:

You clicked this fake news story. Now make your own!

We wrote about cbsnews.us 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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