Social media users are sharing an article that falsely claims the U.S. military arrested billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates.
The posts share a link to an article published on RealRawNews.com (archive.ph/BXa8L) on Aug. 1, 2021, where the first paragraph reads: “The U.S. military on Tuesday arrested Microsoft founder Bill Gates, charging the socially awkward misfit with child trafficking and other unspeakable crimes against America and its people.”
The website states in its ‘About Us’ section (here) that: “Information on this website is for informational and educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice of legal counsel.”
The arrest of a widely known figure such as Gates would have been reported by news organizations around the world. Since the publication of the article, Gates has been active on his Twitter page (twitter.com/BillGates).
The Gates Foundation did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
False. The U.S. military has not arrested philanthropist Bill Gates on child sex trafficking charges; the source is a website which runs satirical stories.
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