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News or Noise: Article claims creepy clowns are planning purge

October 25, 2017 11:37 PM

In News or Noise, Jennifer Mobilia works to expose fake news making its way around social media sites.

Halloween is less than a week away. Many of us are finishing up the kids costumes and stocking up on candy for the trick or treaters. But have you seen a viral social media post warning you of a serious danger on Halloween? But is the threat news or noise?

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The post by "Action News 3" has been shared a whopping 81,000 times already. It's titled "Creepy Clowns Plan Halloween Night Purge." The article claims that to mimic a 2014 movie called "The Purge," there's plans of looting, chaos, even murder set for Halloween night.

If that's not scary enough, according to the post, during a meeting with the Department of Homeland Security, Sergeant Stein said, "We have escalated these threats to acts of domestic terrorism and are working closely with the Department of Homeland Security to keep Americans safe this Halloween season."

The post goes on to say several threats have been sent to schools, businesses and even churches across the nation. It even calls for a 5 p.m. curfew on Halloween.  

This post is getting a lot of attention, but here's the problem: Action News 3 is a fake news website. No police departments or the Department of Homeland Security have issued any warnings regarding a Creepy Clown Halloween Night Purge.
Parents – you may recall a similar hoax circulated in 2016.

So, while extra caution is always urged while hundreds of little ghosts and goblins make their way through your neighborhood - don't share this post – because it's all noise.

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Jennifer Mobilia

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