- A website created four days ago published reports that beloved Canadian singer, Celine Dion, had died in a plane crash
- The website did not provide any details on the supposed crash
- Representatives for Dion have vigorously denied the claims
Dion's management released a statement to AFP that said, "This is false. (Dion) is alive, and the website used an altered video from CNN’s New Day programme."
The website doctored a clip from CNN to make it look like the anchor was reporting on the death of Dion when, in fact, the anchor was talking about an entirely different and unknown incident.
The website also tricked users into spreading the false claims on Facebook.
It required users who wanted to see the full clip to share the link to their Facebook accounts.
Eventually the link with the headline, “Superstar and singing legend Celine Dion dead at 51,” was shared hundreds of times on Facebook.
Anyone who clicks on the link is directed to a page where a single video seems to confirm the news.
On the clip, CNN News Day host John Bergman says the words, “We have some terribly sad news to report this morning, heartbreaking, and devastating.”
On the bottom of the screen, a fake news banner again proclaimed that Dion has died.
The false report started being shared on 4 November. It is completely made up as Dion is alive, healthy and well.
She is on a world tour until September 2020 and sang in Detroit on the evening of 5 November.
Dion tweeted a photo of herself at the concert and fans shared moments from the concert on Twitter and Facebook.
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