HOAX: 'Marijuana Boys tortured then killed'
Claim: The group of teenage boys from Malabon City who who took a video of themselves smoking marijuana (cannabis) and cursing President Rodrigo Duterte were tortured then killed.
The website ang.balitangswak.info published the claim and garnered minimal social media engagement. It contained a supposed video from ABS-CBN News with a graphic thumbnail or featured image.
The facts: The group of teenagers are alive and now under the custody of Malabon police.
However, the embedded video in the blog post is a September 30, 2016 TV Patrol report of 3 male minors who were kidnapped, tortured, then killed in Subic, Zambales.
This type of blog post often carries death hoaxes and changes content after a while. The video also will play for a few seconds before an age restriction message will pop up. If clicked, it will open a Facebook share window with an automatic caption of “#MarijuanaBoys.”
Rappler has observed in recent weeks that “viral personalities” are targets of this blog such as “5-minute girl” or Christine Estepa who became famous for her altercation with traffic personnel regarding a parking violation. – Miguel Imperial/Rappler.com
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