In a story that encapsulates just how reckless social media can be in disseminating fake news — and how gullible people can be — a false report that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was killed in a car crash swept across Facebook.
A fake news site claimed Tucker “succumbed to his injuries and died overnight after being hit head-on while driving home,” according to The Inquisitr.
…and the death hoax was shared on Facebook more than 16K times overall.
— Paula Neal Mooney (@PAULANEALMOONEY) May 14, 2017
Adding to the conspiratorial nature of such reports, the article claimed that Carlson was “working on two huge stories, either of which could have put him in danger.”
The article prompted responses from those who apparently believed the false report:
But it also prompted some hilarious responses, to include MORE conspiracy theories!
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
BREAKING: @tuckercarlson just confirmed to me via text that he did die today, but he refused further comment. He's hiding something.
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) May 13, 2017
— Ma Ha (@22Fiction22) May 14, 2017
@TuckerCarlson Hey Tucker, someone on twitter said you were killed in a vehicle accident. If your dead, respond to this.
— The Good Virus (@VirusGood) May 14, 2017
— Taylor Elliott (@taygiiirl) May 14, 2017
— MIConserv (@MiConserv) May 13, 2017
— Cazper Williams (@CazperWilliams) May 13, 2017
Naturally, the haters made themselves known as well… although it boggles the mind to think how an accident that allegedly kills someone can be “worse.” Sounds a lot like liberal logic, no?
I wish the accident was worse. Karma is a bitch
— Brian (@Brian1356) May 14, 2017