Fake news

20.03.2021 16:50

Autor : Vanessa Hallová, Gymnázium Ivana Kupca, Komenského, Hlohovec

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The pizza shop, called Comet Ping Pong, had been involved in a strange situation due to widely spread false tweets claiming that this shop was the base for a paedophile sex ring.

The operators of the pizza shop began receiving threats from activists who believed these re-ports. The main reason for this was disclosure of e-mails of head of Hillary Clinton campaign, where Comet Ping Pong was frequently mentioned. This escalated into posts that this shop was the site of child sex trafficking. The day before the voting in the presidential election, the hashtag “#pizzagate” appeared.

Although social media banned posts related to pizzagate, the threats did not stop. On Sunday, December 4, 2016, a shooting incident occurred at the pizza shop during the middle of the day. At this time the shop was filled with families. A man brought a gun into the shop and began shooting. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the suspect was arrested.

According to an interview with the suspect, he was a polite man who intended to rescue the trapped children. Although no one was hurt, a real shooting caused by fake news is serious. The CIA had determined that there were cyber-attacks on the e-mail, indicating that there was intervention ensuring that Trump would win the election.