go to content

A Bunch Of Conservative Sites Fell For A Hoax Claiming Obama Will Move To Canada If Trump Wins

Obama already announced he will stay in D.C. after the election.

Posted on

Some conservative websites are celebrating — and spreading — a report that President Obama and his family will move to Canada if Trump wins the election. World News Politics ran the story and shared it with its more than 300,000 Facebook fans.

They all fell for a hoax. First, Obama already announced he plans to stay in Washington after the election. Second, the claim originated on a Canadian fake news/satire website called the Burrard Street Journal (that's BS Journal for short).

The articles repeating the Obama hoax as true are getting tens of thousands of likes, shares, and comments on Facebook. People actually believe this will happen. This conservative Facebook page got over 3,000 shares when it posted the false World News Politics story.

Craig Silverman is Media Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

Contact Craig Silverman at craig.silverman@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.