An old claim that says former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton filed paperwork to divorce her husband, former President Bill Clinton, recently resurfaced. But it is fake.
"Hilary (sic) Clinton filed for divorce In New York courts!" read a headline on a Feb. 8, 2017, post on USANewsToday.org. Facebook flagged the post as part of its initiative to eliminate fake news from its news feeds.
The story cited ChristianTimesNewspaper.com as reporting Clinton filed a divorce petition in the Supreme Court of the State of New York for Westchester County.
We know the story isn’t real, because this exact same hoax has circulated online before.
The ChristianTimesNewspaper.com, which was a website that trafficked in fake news, tried to sell people the exact same story on Nov. 10, 2016, after Clinton lost the election to President Donald Trump. The website, which now appears to be offline, did not carry a disclaimer identifying its news as fabricated. It did say it "does not take responsibility for any of our readers' actions that may result from reading our stories."
Some minor details of the ChristianTimesNewspaper.com story have been changed, but USANewsToday.org — and several other fake news websites, as well — reproduced essentially the same story in February. USANewsToday.org is a clickbait site registered to an address in Macedonia, where fake news is a lucrative cottage industry.
This mirrors a minor trend we’ve seen with fake news, in which a fabricated story that originally was posted weeks or months ago is suddenly resurrected and regains popularity.
While the original version of this story came after Clinton’s presidential campaign loss, we can only make an educated guess as to the reason why this claim made a comeback. Valentine’s Day, maybe?
The statement is no more accurate now than when it was first posted months ago. We rate it Pants On Fire!