#Filipinos are suckers for fake news

Update: Dr Agnes Callamard gave an update on May 16, 2017 that she is well and free. Philippines #fakenews is busted!


A story on the arrest of UN Rapporteur Dr. Agnes Callamard has been making the rounds on social media lately. The links are from sites gma-tv.com and t1mes.com.

Here’s the snapshot from gma-tv.com.

Here’s the snapshot from t1mes.com.

Both articles were posted on May 12, 2017 and are obviously a syndicated release.

One netizen said it has to be true because a friend of his saw it on TV.

A quick search on the Internet will show that only these two sites carry the story. 

I used ICANN’s WHOIS tool to look up these domains and noted that gma-tv.com is registered to an entity in Kenya while t1mes.com domain is up for sale.

Here’s a snapshot of the WHOIS lookup for gma-tv.com.

And, here is the snapshot of the WHOIS lookup for t1mes.com.

Meanwhile, Callamare is still tweeting even after her “arrest”. Here is the snapshot of her tweeter page as of May 15, 2017 8:55pm.

It is quite clear that Callamard has not been arrested based on the activity in her tweeter page. Nor is there independent confirmation from other local or international media sources given the stature of Callamard.

It seems these two sites gma-tv.com and t1mes.com are on Fentanyl.

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