Miranda Kerr shut down a viral online rumor on Tuesday that claimed Snapchat would be closing down in mid-November. The model, who is married to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, said the report was “fake news.”
The rumor originated from a prank website called Channel45News.com, which allows users to manufacture their own fake news stories. One person created a phony article about the popular messaging app getting closing down in one week. The bogus report read, “The CEO Evan Spiegel of the very popular app Snapchat has released that Snapchat will be removed from all app stores by November 14, 2017. According to Fox News Media, Evan has decided to make this decision due to copyright and legal issues with Facebook, Instagram, and Musical.ly.”
The made-up rumor goes on to claim, “By the date November 14, 2017 all Snapchat apps with be removed from all devices and all app stores. DISCLAIMER all data and media associated with the app will also be deleted within the app.” But when readers click on the link to the article, a message that reads “You Got Owned!” appears on the top left-hand corner. Another message, “You’ve Been Pranked,” also appears on the top right corner.
The article spread around Facebook, tricking scores of panicked social media users into falling for the hoax, but Snapchat isn’t being shut down. Along with a screenshot of the original rumor, which was shared numerous times on social media, Spiegel’s wife Kerr wrote on Instagram (below), “Just got this from a friend in Australia. Definitely NOT true. FAKE news once again by Facebook #fakebook.”
Spiegel himself also shut down the rumor. Returning from a Twitter hiatus, he responded to a concerned Snapchat fan who fell for the online prank. “Fake news,” Spiegel simply said. Snapchat’s official Twitter account even shared on its page, “We’re not shutting down. #fakenews.”
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