- Snap CEO Evan Spiegel took to Twitter to debunk a fake news story that claims Snapchat is shutting down next week. The viral hoax originates from a prank news story generator.
Snapchat’s official Twitter account shot down an internet rumor that said it would shut down next week, linking to a Snopes article debunking the fake news story that began circulating on social media Monday.
The fake story, which originated from a prank news generator website called Channel45News.com, was enough to bring Snap CEO Evan Spiegel back from a two-year Twitter hiatus. Spiegel returned to Twitter on Monday to label the story “fake news.”
— Evan Spiegel (@evanspiegel) November 6, 2017
Here’s what the fake story read:
“The CEO Evan Spiegel of the very popular app Snapchat has released that Snapchat will be removed from all app stores by November 14,2017. According to Fox News Media Evan has decided to make this decision due to copyright and legal issues with Facebook, Instagram, and Musical.ly. By the date November 14,2017 all Snapchat apps with be removed from all devices and all app stores. DISCLAIMER all data and media associated with the app will also be deleted within the app.”
Enough people apparently thought so. Snapchat’s Twitter account started responded to concerned users on Monday that tweeted screenshots of the story:
— Dajuan Will (@willdajuan) November 7, 2017
— Savage Kiya (@queenkiya04) November 7, 2017
— kendal (@kendal_marie17) November 7, 2017
— Snapchat Support (@snapchatsupport) November 7, 2017