Noticias Falsas

A fake news article was treated as real by several Spanish-language web sites, but the story originated from a satire site.


On 3 September 2015, the entertainment web site The Adobo Chronicles published a fake news story claiming that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had promised to revoke American citizenship of all Puerto Ricans if he won the presidency:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, while speaking to a group of investment bankers and hedge fund owners in New York City, allegedly declared that if elected, he will revoke the U.S. citizenship of all Puerto Ricans because they are “not part of the American race.”

While Trump mentioned only Puerto Rico, his campaign told reporters that he meant to say all citizens from the territories of the U.S., including Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands.

“We don’t really need these non-Americans and I don’t need their votes to win the presidency,” Trump said.

The fake news story didn't garner much attention when it was originally published, but it was eventually picked up by several Spanish-language web sites, which then reported it as real news.

While these web sites cited a "South American newspaper," all of the information they reported originated on The Adobo Chronicles, which is openly fake or satire:

THE ADOBO CHRONICLES is your source of up-to-date, unbelievable news. Everything you read on this site is based on fact, except for the lies.


Dan Evon is a Chicago-based writer and longtime truth enthusiast. His work has appeared somewhere, and he earned a degree at the University of His Choosing. His exploration of Internet truth has been supported by grants from the Facebook Drug Task Force.