Actor Morgan Freeman Has Died at 80-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
It’s been rumored on Facebook that actor Morgan Freeman has died at 80.
False reports in October 2017 that Morgan Freeman had died came from a website that enables users to generate fabricated headlines to “prank” their friends.
The website, Channel45News.com, prompts users to plug in a headline, an image and body text. Then, the site publishes the fabricated report (like the one about Morgan Freeman dying at 80) and makes it easy for users to share a link to it on Facebook.
Once readers click on the link, they’re greeted with an image that says “You got owned!”