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27 Sep 2017

International Purveyor of Fake News Found Dead

A white man who is famed for formulating and spreading fake news in the United States of America has passed way.
Paul Horner,
A purveyor of fake news, Paul Horner, who became famous for influencing the 2016 presidential election was found dead in Phoenix.

According to UK independent, the 38-year-old was found dead in his bed on Tuesday, September 18, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Casey says.

Another official,  Fields Moseley told Mailonline that the cause and manner of Horner’s death has not been determined yet. But Casey suggested that there was ‘evidence at the scene suggested this could be an accidental overdose’. There were no signs of foul play.

Horner was known for writing false stories and disseminating internet hoaxes that often went viral on Facebook and hoodwinked thousands of people.

They included a story falsely claiming President Barack Obama was gay and a radical Muslim and another saying protesters were being paid thousands of dollars to demonstrate at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.

Horner took on greater prominence during the presidential election when false stories were widely shared on social media during the race between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In an interview with The Washington Post in 2016, Horner said he thought Trump won the White House because of him. Horner said Trump’s supporters didn’t fact-check his stories before posting them.

“My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.”

Even members of President Trump’s inner circle, including Mr Trump’s son Eric and then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, shared links to Horner’s content. Horner’s stories also made their way to Google News, known to feature stories from reputable news sources.

Horner’s brother known as J.J, said Paul considered his work satire and explained that his brother’s unique eye for hoaxes and hypocrisy at a young age later worked as clickbait in the internet world.

“So I think that was a lot of the genius behind a lot of his work was pushing ideas that either people wanted to believe or thought was possible,” J.J. said.

Casey said toxicology reports from the medical examiner’s office are still pending. The case will remain open until those results are known and a cause of death is finalized.

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