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A story said that actors Seth Rogen and James Franco and singer Miley Cyrus were busted for trying to murder President Donald Trump, but there is no truth to the claim.
"Breaking: 3 liberal celebrities arrested for conspiracy to assassinate President Trump," said a May 6 headline by Miami Post, a pro-Trump fake news website.
Facebook users flagged the post as being potentially fabricated, as part of the social network’s efforts to combat online hoaxes. The story is made up.
The story said that "the three liberals were arrested as enemy combatants and brought to a military base due to the danger of mass destruction that may be called domestic terrorism."
The story lacked basic details such as where they were supposedly arrested. (Tthere was no mention of Miami or Florida in the article by Miami Post.).
If famous celebrities were nabbed for trying to take out Trump, it would be all over the news —-- but it’s only been all over the fake news world. Other fake news stories with the same phony allegations have circulated since 2017.
In December 2017, Rogen jokingly tweeted:
"This is a right wing news website that says me and Franco and Miley Cyrus got arrested. Luckily they let me tweet from prison. Haha."
A headline said "Breaking: 3 liberal celebrities arrested for conspiracy to assassinate President Trump." No such bust has occurred. We rate this statement Pants on Fire.
Miami Post, "Breaking: 3 liberal celebrities arrested for conspiracy to assassinate President Trump," May 6, 2018
Twitter, Seth Rogen tweet, Dec. 14, 2017
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