Top social media hoaxes

From Justin Bieber to Back to the Future, a look back at recent social media hoaxes


As PT Barnum said, there’s a sucker born every minute.

Except he didn’t actually say that; a rival circus promoter named Dan Hannum did. Or maybe he didn’t; the historical record is unclear. It is, though, an early example of a hoax, and a fitting quote to kick off our look at the top social media hoaxes.

These hoaxes seem to spread like wildfire in the social media age. Did you fall for them?

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