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So, at the year’s end, let’s doff our caps to the wild hoaxes, rumors, memes, and outright fabrications we’ve had to sift through, debunk, and vivisect for the public good over the last 12 months. The world can be a discouraging place these days, but as we head into 2020, let us reflect on our social media sins and humbly hope to never make the same dumb mistakes twice.

May your holidays be sweet, your sources be real, and your conspiracy-minded relatives slower to retweet.

1. So-called ‘Somali gangs’ turned out not to be Somali
National news zoomed in on Minnesota in September when a group of young men brutally attacked and robbed a few pedestrians in downtown Minneapolis. Without any kind of evidence, social media commenters, pundits, and even Tucker Carlson’s conservative outlet, the Daily Caller, blamed the violence on a so-called “Somali mob.”

Later, Sahan Journal, a nonprofit publication covering Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities, actually asked Minneapolis police about it. A department spokesperson said there was “no indication” any of the suspects were Somali. The Caller eventually issued a correction.

City Pages reported on the gaff, but commenters on the story still insisted “crime is up due to… refugees” and that the story was “more liberal lies.”

2. The ‘8-10 Somali Teens Armed with Hammers’ attack that never existed
In May, University of Minnesota police responded to a group of Somali teens allegedly brandishing metal pipes and intimidating bystanders at the East Balk light rail station. Police confronted seven kids, arrested two, and confiscated some pipes. Not a lot of local outlets paid much attention to the incident.

That didn’t stop conservative news outlets from turning it into the crime of the century, involving “a mob of eight to 10 males wielding hammers.” Social media commenters and right-wing blogs accused mainstream media of covering up a “gang assault,” surely the work of “toxic, radical Islam.”

3. Jacob Wohl’s fake death threat
In March, right-wing activists Jacob Wohl and Laura Loomer came to Minneapolis to film a documentary about Rep. Ilhan Omar, which mostly amounted to playing a lot of scary music, knocking on locked doors, and otherwise failing to contact Omar. They also reported a supposed death threat against them, posted on a Twitter account under the name “Drake Holmes.” “Holmes” promised if he ever saw them in the city he’d “shoot [them] and shit on [their] fucking bodies.” The profile picture featured a smiling man in a suit.

Drake Holmes, it turns out, is not a real person – which we probably could have guessed by the fact that he spelled his name wrong in his own Twitter handle. The man in the photo is actually named Aaron Delgado. He’s a home mortgage specialist in Minneapolis, and somebody swiped his image off his Instagram account. He said he doesn’t follow politics and he had no idea who Wohl was. Several journalists reported there was evidence that Wohl may have created the account himself.

4. Ilhan Omar omnibus
Speaking of Omar, she was the subject of more than her fair share of fake news this year, including false accusations that she gleefully partied to Lizzo on 9/11, or that she was photographed in “Jihad training,” or in a mask at the Minneapolis Trump rally protest in October. She didn’t, she wasn’t, and Omar herself commented that it would have been hard for that masked person in the photo to be her with her being in Morocco and all. That’s on top of all the perennial rumors and hoaxes surrounding the representative, which we covered in greater (depressing) detail here.

5. Darla Shine’s cancer-fighting measles
In February, Darla Shine – wife of former Fox News executive and then high-ranking Trump official Bill Shine – took to Twitter to explain that measles, an exquisitely contagious viral disease that killed hundreds of thousands of people in 2017, was good for you and could “fight cancer.” She cited a study from Minnesota’s own Mayo Clinic for her claims.

The study was actually about two patients being treated for cancer with virotherapy in 2014. The virus in question was a highly modified, Frankensteined strain of measles, essentially stripped of everything harmful to the human body and pumped full of life-saving medicine. Chemotherapy patients have such weakened immune systems that the manufactured virus could traipse right to the affected cells unhindered.

Your average, run-of-the-mill measles, however? Not nearly as useful. We all but wiped out the disease by 2000 with intense vaccination programs for a reason. That makes it especially worrying that we recently saw outbreaks of the stuff in Washington and Oregon. Get your shots, people.

6. April Sellers’ fake hate mail
In January, Minneapolis dancer and choreographer April Sellers successfully sued a New York Couple – Kevin Powell and Jinah Parker -- who had publicly called her out for sending them a critical letter two years ago.

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