Facebook Submitting Names of Gun Users to Homeland Security?

Fake news story from Empire News goes viral

Facebook Submits Names of Users Posing in Pictures With Guns To Homeland Security
EmpireNews.net

Viral article from fake news website EmpireNews.net claims Facebook has begun submitting the names of users who post photos of themselves holding guns to the Department of Homeland Security. The article further claims the policy has been confirmed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and openly applauded by leading Democrats.

Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: Nov. 2014
Status: False (see details below)

Example:
Via EmpireNews.net, Nov. 30, 2014:

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

MENLO PARK, California - facebook reporting guns to homeland security

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.

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Analysis: Regular followers of this site should be familiar with the source of this hoax, Empire News, a self-described "satirical and entertainment website" that spoofs current events and pop culture icons by publishing fake news articles for social media consumption.

"We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized," the site disclaimer states. "Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental."

That includes the name of Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who has not, in fact, announced that the company plans on divulging the names of users who have posted photos of themselves holding guns to the Department of Homeland Security.

No such policy, nor any plan to implement such a policy, has been announced.

Previous "scoops" from Empire News include Unborn Baby Becomes Pregnant, George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession, and Betty White Dyes Peacefully.

Sources and further reading:

Facebook Submits Names Of Users Posing In Pictures With Guns To Homeland Security
Empire News (satire website), 30 November 2014

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