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Bricking It For Canada: A 'Brickstarter' To Build A Wall On The U.S. Border

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 06 Mar 2016 11:55:48 Z)

British satirical TV show The Last Leg is so worried Donald Trump will win the U.S. presidential election that they've decided to do something about it. Fearing an invasion of Canada by American refugees who 'carry too many guns' and eat 'too much food, compared to regular refugees' they have started an action named #BrickingItForCanada so a wall can be built between the United States and Canada.

Viewers were asked to pledge bricks on the website http://www.brickingitforcanada.com, a 'Brickstarter' as it were. The site immediately went down because of the massive influx of traffic and was still down at the time of writing.

The video in which the action was announced is on its way to go viral too:

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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