1 in 3 Americans implanted with RFID Chip? - Internet/Facebook Rumour
Study Finds 1 in 3 Americans Have Been Implanted With RFID Chips: Most Unaware - National Report
Rumours are circulating that claim a recent study has shown that 1 in 3 US residents have been unknowingly implanted with a tracking RFID chip that tracks their activities.
The rumour is entirely false, and its creation and popularity is down to two fake, “satire” websites that have helped propagate this spurious claim.
The main article being shared through social media is an article on NationalReport.net, a prolific satire site that has published fake news for a number of years now, including the "story" that Obama was seeking a third term in office (Presidents can only sever a maximum of 2 terms) and a story about how solar panels can drain the suns energy.
The article on NationalReport.net links to another fake news website called witscience.org which claims to be the Wyoming Institute of Technology. However there is no Wyoming Institute of Technology, and the website that hosting the story only created a month prior to the time of writing this article.
These rumours seems to a continuation of a long running hoax that asserts the American public will soon be implanted with RFID chips against their will. It’s ultimately a long running conspiracy theory with no basis in reality, truth or common sense.
Fake news sites masquerading as satire are a trending type of hoax on the Internet that dupe Internet users who do not seem to possess the ability to fact check or blindly sharing information on to their friends through social media. See more information on this type of hoax here.
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