Julion Alvarez wasn’t murdered, but what appears to be a fake Spanish-language website is claiming that he was.
The fake site, GrupoWallStreet.com, is titled as “CNN,” which appears to be an attempt to mislead people.
The article is titled: “Asesinan a Julión Álvarez saliendo de un restaurante.”
No mainstream media entities in Mexico or the US have reported on his death. And CNN definitely didn’t report on his death.
GrupoWallStreet has a number of fake reports, including one a few days ago saying singer Justin Bieber died. Bieber is still alive.
The fake website doesn’t appear to have a disclaimer, explaining what it’s all about. Websites that have false news generate revenue by getting their sensationalist stories to go viral, which then gets users to click and view ads on the page.
But on Twitter, the term “RIPJuliónAlvarez” was trending worldwide. A number of people apparently believed it.
The bogus article about Alvarez dying had tens of thousands of shares on Facebook.