George Zimmerman arrested in Ferguson - Internet/Facebook Rumour

25 Aug 2014 - Article No: 1875. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Rumours are circulating the Internet that George Zimmerman, the man who shot to notoriety after shooting teen Travyon Martin, was arrested after showing up in the town Ferguson.

George Zimmerman Arrested While Visiting Ferguson.
George Zimmerman was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri after a verbal altercation with two black teenagers, all of which was captured on a cell phone.
collected August 2014

Zimmerman was famously acquitted of murder and freed in 2013. The reports claim that he has been seen by witnesses in Ferguson, which is currently undergoing rioting and public unrest after police officers shot an unarmed black teen. Some reports claim he is armed and was seen holding a pistol at residents.

The stories and rumours are once again the result of popular fake news website which often posts fake headlines and articles to lure visitors to their website. Often done under the guise of satire, these types of sites appear to be more focussed on tricking their visitors as opposed to entertaining them with humour. has been responsible for dozens of rumours going viral this year, all of which have been totally false. Recently they have the addition of a YouTube channel that posts their articles in video format. The video accompanying the false Zimmerman story shows old footage of Zimmerman being arrested straight after he killed Martin, and does not show despite their claim recent footage of Zimmerman in Ferguson.

Ultimately is just another website that publishes fake news articles with curious titles designed to lure clicks and traffic to its website. Sites like these claim the articles are actually satirical in nature but often this is not apparent and the articles are dressed up to appear more like genuine news articles.

These sites exploit a business model that involves duping users into clicking headlines on social media websites and thus generating traffic to a website that makes money via its sponsored advertisements. We generally recommend avoiding these sites. For more information on how these hoaxes work, read our article here.

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