Claim:   Facebook is disclosing the names of users who have posed for pictures with guns to the Department of Homeland Security.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, December 2014]

Facebook Submits Names Of Users Posing In Pictures With Guns To
Homeland Security


Origins:   On 30 November 2014, Empire News published an article titled “Facebook Submits Names of Users Posing in Pictures with Guns to Homeland Security.” That article claimed the social network’s often criticized terms of service agreement legally permitted Facebook to snitch to the federal government about users who had posed with guns in their personal photos:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed rumors this morning that the company would be handing over names and photos of site users who have posted pictures of themselves with guns to the government. Democrat leaders applauded Facebook’s move, stating that it is important to know who has guns in America, especially since many of the weapons that they’d seen could very well be unregistered.

Despite the excitement from the radical left, many Facebook users, regardless of political stance, were naturally outraged that their ‘private’ photos would be handed over to the Department of Homeland Security.

The article included a quote from Mark Zuckerberg on why Facebook would implement a policy sure to agitate a large number of users, whether they owned guns or not:

“I added that line back in after 2009, when Obama took office. After he was elected, he came to me and asked for my help, saying that he wanted to ‘transform America,’ and he couldn’t do that until the country was disarmed,” said Zuckerberg. “This is a perfect way to find the gun nuts in this country, and keep a watch over them. I think the whole thing has been a huge success, and I for one can’t wait to live in a gun-free America.”

However, a disclaimer page on Empire News explains the site is not meant to be taken seriously:

Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

The site has fleeced social media users with similar fake stories including a claim that welfare recipients would be receiving free cars and gas money, a yarn about a sixth season of Breaking Bad, and a claim that a huge “Snowmageddon” would blanket most of the United States with snow for almost all of winter.

Last updated:   2 December 2014

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