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I Can't Believe I Have To Debunk A Hoax About Students Threatening To Cut Off Their Penises

Or their testicles, for that matter.

Posted on July 28, 2017, at 1:41 p.m. ET

On Jan. 14, a website called Right Wing Now, which publishes completely false stories, published a hoax about a California student threatening to cut off his penis if Trump built a wall between Mexico and the United States.

The website, which is no longer active, later added a disclaimer stating that "all information found in this article is fictitious" — but it still went viral.

The post received over 140,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook and skyrocketed to the top of /r/The_Donald subreddit with 6,668 upvotes. Apparently thrilled with its success, Right Wing Now wrote a follow-up hoax about another student vowing to undergo a penectomy.

And from there, things got a bit crazy.

Dozens of (mostly conservative) sites have written up the hoax as real, including the website of popular alt-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos. One website got over half a million views for its false story, according to a stats counter on the article page.

Some sites also wrongly reported that the original story said students are pledging to remove their testicles, rather than their penises. They can't even copy-and-paste fake news properly — for shame.

Seven months since that first hoax went online, it's still circulating on partisan conservative sites with made-up quotes and varying details.


And people are still falling for the story.

I love this idea! Thin the herd. Since we have no biology sense, bet girls are threatening to cut theirs off too.

Twitter / @smidgean

There is still hope for the rest Democratic Party I only pray that the colleges keep teaching this method!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🤠

Even an Anthony Scaramucci parody account got in on the action.

This is outstanding news for our environment. I'm glad we can agree on the need for the wall @realDonaldTrump @CNN

But remember, students threatening to snip their genitals off if Trump builds a border wall with Mexico is FAKE NEWS.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.