I came across a celebrity death hoax today on Facebook, it stated
It was posted in August and the page has since received just over 942,000 likes. The message above has had over 1,300,000 likes. Now while many people can quite plainly see this is a joke from reading the comments, some people have taken this seriously. Now there is no telling what sort of effect this might have on the celebrities family and friends, seeing something like this could cause a huge amount of panic and distress, not only to the family but to fans across the world.facebook posted:
Do you think these hoaxes should be punishable by law or not, and if so how severe should the punishment be? Personally I believe they should not be legal, due to the widespread confusion and distress this can cause via social networking channels.
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