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Police receive calls about fake news story claiming hate crime in Myrtle Beach

A screenshot of the false story as it appears on the website. A screenshot of the false story as it appears on the website.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An online “news story” circulating on social media about two black teens being beaten to death by white supremacists in Myrtle Beach over the weekend is false and did not happen, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

A Facebook post from the MBPD states they received several calls about the story, titled: “2 Black Teens Beaten To Death By White Supremacists, 1 In Critical Condition,” published on a website that appears to post largely fabricated and fictional news articles.

The MBPD post states that they have received several phone calls about the fake news story.

The false article states that three Caucasian males in their mid to late 20’s were taken into custody after being found near the bodies of three African-American teenagers at a Fourth of July celebration in Myrtle Beach. The article falsely reports that the teenagers were protesting the Confederate flag, and were beaten with a baseball bat.

A tweet with a link to the false news report received over 300 retweets since it was posted on July 5.

Some of the other apparently fake news stories featured on the website include:

-South Carolina Threatens To Secede From The Union If Confederate Flag is Removed

-ISIS Use Shark Attacks As Part of Terrorism Plot

-Feds Are Installing Listening Devices in Dutch Masters & Swisher Sweets

-Ben Affleck Divorces Jennifer Garner In Light of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization

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