The site that generated the fake BBC News page that led to the Lil Wayne death hoax has been taken offline following the incident.
Website Kineticnorth.com, which allowed users to write their own stories and publish them so they looked similar to the BBC‘s news website, has been suspended.
Although the Lil Wayne incident has not been directly referenced, a message at the site’s URL address explains that the site has been “suspended for billing, abuse or copyright infringement reasons”.
Many fans believed that Lil Wayne had died after reading the article, not initially realising it was a hoax.
Lil Wayne wasn’t the only rapper caught up in an internet death rumour – London MC Wiley was compelled to post a message reading “I AM NOT DEAD” online after fake articles reporting his demise were published.
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