It's actual FAKE NEWS.
Posted on April 11, 2017, at 12:48 p.m. ET
The story is from World News Daily Report, a site that publishes completely fabricated hoaxes meant to look like real news stories. The story claimed a gang of little people were breaking into houses via cat doors. It's generated over 360,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook since being published four days ago.
Some of that site's other recent viral hoaxes include "Morgue employee cremated by mistake while taking a nap," which generated over 1555,000 Facebook engagements, and "Woman arrested for training squirrels to attack her ex-boyfriend," which has over 1.1 million engagements since being published on April 1.
The guy on the left, whose real name is Obiwan Kenobi, was arrested in 2012 for a hit and run. The guy on the right was arrested in 2015 for breaking into several cars.
It was also posted by stations in Massachusetts and Louisiana. None of them labeled it as a hoax.
Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.
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