Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., was at the heart of a viral, fake news story that alleged Hillary Clinton and John Podesta were part of a child-abuse ring. The shop was listed as the home base for the operation, The New York Times reported.
But the entire story was false.
The shop's owner, James Alefantis, supported Clinton and was friends with Clinton advocate David Brock, but has never met her, nor has he been involved any way with child abuse. But he still got death threats.
I will kill you personally.
Alefantis found articles tying him to the alleged child sex abuse ring all over the Internet. Users of 4chan and other sites accused him of pedophilia. It's a pinned post at the top of r/The_Donald on Reddit, and it has an entire subreddit devoted to the conspiracy.
It's like trying to shoot a swarm of bees with one gun.
Alefantis said he has contacted the FBI and asked Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube to remove content that accuses him. But it's an uphill battle.
The source of the fake news is was a leaked Podesta email that showed Alefantis discussing a fundraiser for Clinton. Then 4chan users tied it to a conservative conspiracy theory about a Democratic child abuse ring.
Even now, #PizzaGate tweets attract hundreds of retweets.
Many insist the truth is being covered up.
Some even claim the fact-check is devoid of fact.
Kanye West addressed the controversy and was hospitalized, sparking more rumors.
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