National Kill a Pit Bull Day - Terry Jordan - Internet/Facebook Rumour
collected Oct 2012
collected Oct 2013
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Dont plan on your 4 legged friends walking around with you on Halloween this year.
KEEP ALL DOGS IN A LOCKED HOUSE
October 31st (Halloween Night) is trying to become "National Kill a Pit Bull Day"
Not only is Pit Bulls part of this "Holiday". Any breed is fair game. Especially, any look alike breeds.
Im here by announcing
Images and rumours are cirulating that claim that Halloween night, October 31st, has been declared "National Kill a Pit Bull Day" and that owners of such dogs should keep them inside during this day.
The messages purport to come from someone called Terry Jordan who "declares" the day as well as providing tips on how to hunt down the dogs.
The rumours are entirely false and have been circulating now for a number of years, accompanied by many different images and screenshots of the same warning.
In fact according to this article from the Marshal Democrat-News the message is likely targeting a real person called Terry Jordan, who is a councilman in Slater City, Missouri.
Jordan helped create a vicious animal ordinance in 2012, which placed certain safety restrictions on pet owners. At one point the ordinance was said to exclusively place restrictions on pit bulls, but this was later disbanded.
However this has nothing to do with any violence against pit bulls, and Councillor Terry Jordan certainly did not pen the message in the images nor the idea behind them.
There is no "National Kill a Pit Bull Day". In fact according to Hoax-Slayer.com Mr. Jordan had fake social networking accounts made in his name which began to post the fake message.
However Halloween Night is a popular night for pranks and drunken antics, so keeping pets safely indoors during this night may not be the worst of ideas!
It is not recommended to circulate images or messages like this, especially without first verifying their content. These messages are dangerous as they spur Internet hate campaigns that can have very real consequences. Read our article on Internet hate campaigns and why they are dangerous here.
The Internet, and social networking sites like Facebook, are perfect platforms for spreading untruths, misinformation, rumor and propaganda. Thousands of inaccurate, exaggerated, deceptive or just plain false messages are circulated every single day.
For the anti-scam community to successfully tackle this plethora of false rumours, it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.
We have a two part blog post that helps provide this information. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.
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