People Have Fallen For A Fake Website Reporting That El Chapo Has Escaped Again

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Social media is a wonderful tool for spreading the news, just don’t believe everything you read on there. 

When the news broke that infamous drug lord El Chapo had escaped from prison again, Twitter went into overdrive with reactions ranging from amusement to outrage that he’d somehow managed to pull off another disappearing act.

Fortunately, El Chapo hasn’t escaped and the story that he was on the lam once again was about as accurate as a drunken darts player after a particularly heavy night on the town.

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The rumour was started by a website who put an awful lot of effort into looking like the ABC News website and managed to convince an awful lot of people that Guzman had once again pulled a Houdini.

Naturally, we’ve done our civic responsibility and catalogued the internet’s naivety for all to enjoy…

https://twitter.com/Muanitaa/status/690332564016533507

Thankfully, there were a few voices of reason in the Twittersphere…

So, don’t worry, El Chapo is still in the clink. But, given his past, we really wouldn’t put it past him for this story to actually come true pretty soon!


Tom Percival

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.