News of an HIV infected man spreading HIV to 240 people is a malicious Internet hoax, Examiner.com reports.
Friday, a news report from an NBC affiliate in New York circulated the web via blogs claiming that police were searching for a man named Isaac Don Burks for intentionally spreading HIV in the NY Tri-State area. Over the weekend the story spread like wildfire via blogs, Facebook, Twitter, even Michael Baisden and Steve Harvey shared the "story". On Monday, the original source was called into question when the link being shared redirected to an Augusta news site.
The original source came from a fake site made to look like the NBC New York 4 website. The slight difference was in the domain. The real NBC affiliate's domain is www.nbcnewyork.com the fake site used www.nbcnewyork4.com.
The Examiner goes on to explain that the original URL link now resolves to a real 2010 news article about Burks who was wanted for check fraud and other charges in Georgia.
Burks took to his Facebook page to dispute the allegations.
As the subject of a fake NBC news article which claimed a popular singer took out a restraining order on me, I can sympathize with Mr. Burks -- if he is indeed the victim of an Internet hoax.
But what about Joshua Johnson, the man who detailed his sexual encounter with Burks in this blog post? Is that post fake, too?
Thanks to loyal reader @Dimp_ for the tip.
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