California ‘Fining Ice Bucket Challenge Participants for Wasting Water’ is Satire

An article saying the state of California is issuing fines for people taking part in the viral “ice bucket challenge” isn’t real.

The bogus article was posted on the Daily Currant, which says it’s satirical in nature and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

“Local authorities in California are handing out massive fines to anyone participating in the ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’ fundraiser on the grounds they are wasting water,” it says. “In Los Angeles, which is living through its worst drought in generations, the Department of Water & Power and the Police Department have long been cracking down on unnecessary water usage.”

The article had tens of thousands of shares as of Saturday, and many people apparently thought it was real.

According to a disclaimer, The Daily Currant doesn’t publish real news.

“The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media. It is accessible from over 190 countries worldwide – now including South Sudan,” it says. “Our mission is to ridicule the timid ignorance which obstructs our progress, and promote intelligence – which presses forward.”

It continues: “Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.”