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Banksy Has NOT Been Arrested - Report is a Hoax


Outline

Circulating report claims that graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has been arrested in London and his identity has finally been revealed.

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Brief Analysis

The report is a hoax. Banksy has not been arrested and his identity has not been revealed. The story comes via the fake-news website National Report, which purports to be satirical. Nothing published on National Report should be taken seriously.

Example

Graffiti Artist Banksy Arrested In London; Identity Revealed

London, England — The elusive graffiti artist, political activist, film director, painter and long time fugitive that for years has gone by the pseudonymous name of Banksy, was arrested early this morning by London’s Metropolitan Police. After hours of questioning and a raid of his London art studio, his true name and identity have finally been revealed.

Detailed Analysis

Report Claims Banksy Arrested

According to a report that is being shared rapidly via Facebook and Twitter, famous graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has just been arrested in London and his identity has been revealed.

The story, which is presented as an online news report, claims that Metropolitan Police arrested Banksy in the early hours of the morning and - after extensive questioning and a raid on his studio - it was revealed that his real name was Paul Horner. The article includes quotes from police and claims that the information has been confirmed by the BBC and by the artist's PR agent Jo Brooks.

The story further claims that 'thousands of dollars of counterfeit money along with future projects of vandalism' were found during the police raid.

Claims in Report are False

However, the claims in the report are nonsense. Banksy has not been arrested and his identity has not been revealed. The police quotes are fake and the story has not been confirmed as claimed. There are no credible news reports that support the claims in the story.

The false story comes from the fake-news website National Report. The site churns out an endless stream of drivelling nonsense disguised as news. National Report apparently imagines itself to be satirical, although the material it produces is not worthy of a satire tag.

The site does not include any clear disclaimer that might alert readers that their reports are fiction.

Thus, many readers tend to believe that the site's reports are genuine news and share them via social media.

Verify 'News' Reports Before Sharing

Many fake-news websites like National Report have appeared in recent years. It is therefore wise to verify any 'news' stories that come your way before sharing them. Searching on a news portal such as Google News should quickly reveal if a story is true.



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Last updated: October 21, 2014
First published: October 21, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
The Report Of Graffiti Artist Banksy's Arrest Is Definitely A Hoax
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
FAKE-NEWS: Graffiti Artist Banksy Arrested In London; Identity Revealed
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