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A Fake News Site Has Been Using Rappers' Mug Shots On Unrelated Stories And People Are Trolling

Y'all are actually going to make DMX lose his mind.

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Breitbart Insider, a fake, parody news site of Breitbart, published a story in late February claiming a Somali immigrant was arrested on six counts of sexual battery before he was "finally [...] deported under Trump’s Border Enforcement."

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"We take an AMERICAN approach to the news," the site touts in their "About Me" page.

The site's listed CEO and founder — "Reagan Paul" — actually depicts Australian politician Andrew Ronalds. And its Vice President "Eric Teagan" uses a photo of German actor and author Andreas Kaufmann.

The rest of the team's photos are also tied to other people.

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Stop. (This is not a Somali migrant) Drop. (This is DMX) Shut 'em down, open up shop (Written by a fake Breitba… https://t.co/6s9U26SZXW

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According to CrowdTangle, the story currently has over 57,000 Facebook engagements, and has been shared widely across social platforms. Many people were duped and believed it was run on the hard-right news site Breitbart.

Holy shit. I had no idea DMX was a Somali migrant. Thanks, Breitbart.

Dear Mainstream Media: Do Better, Be Brave! As Breitbart racists can't tell DMX from Somalia-Phobia #FakeNews is th… https://t.co/LuyL5Lbm7F

Fellow rapper Immortal Technique couldn't even believe it. "Is it April 1st," he tweeted.

OMG THIS ARTICLE I CANT FUCKIN BREATHE ISNT THAT TYGA https://t.co/opx0llBipT

This is all to say this particular fake, satirical site has found its ...niche. But please leave DMX alone.

Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.

Contact Tanya Chen at tanya.chen@buzzfeed.com.

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