Louisville Purge Hoax Goes Viral, Does Not Cause Violence
The Louisville Purge hoax failed to incite any bad behavior in Louisville, Ky., on Friday night.
Louisville Purge Hoax
A Louisville teen, inspired by the horror film The Purge, started the hoax on social media, creating and then sharing a fake flyer declaring the Louisville Purge, Friday, Aug. 15, from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. The flier quickly went viral, causing the FBI and local police to worry that some citizens may actually go on a crime spree.
— Jeremy Daugherty (@JDOGdaugherty58) August 15, 2014
In The Purge, and the sequel The Purge: Anarchy, a totalitarian government suspends all laws for one night every year, called ‘the purge,’ in which all crimes are legal.
#LouisvillePurge Goes Viral
Social media quickly latched onto the hoax, with ‘Louisville Purge’ trending worldwide over the weekend. People also began tweeting made up stories about a giraffe let loose on the city, or of violence and robberies, and 80,000 people reportedly tuned in to an online police scanner to keep tabs on the Louisville Purge.
— no lanes (@xGilinslut) August 16, 2014
— Sean Callahan (@poetsoup) August 16, 2014
#LouisvillePurge bruh even the giraffes are turning up, this is crazy