On Friday, rumors that Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán had escaped from a Mexican prison for the third time began appearing on social media.
According to Mexican news site La Silla Rota, Friday's false report was driven by a false story from February, a month after Guzmán was recaptured, which was reposted (citing the Associated Press) by Abcnews.com.co, a site that appears to be a spoof of ABC News.
The article posted on the Abcnews.com.co site quotes "Fappy The Anti-Masturbation Dolphin," who called Guzmán "brave" for "stopp[ing] all the masturbation at his prison."
A discerning reader would likely notice all the issues with that story and conclude it to be false.
But the Mexican government — twice burned by Guzmán's brazen escapes — apparently didn't want to risk letting reports of Guzmán's supposed breakout spread.
On Friday night, Mexico's interior minister, Miguel Osorio Chong, tweeted a photo of Guzmán that appeared to show the kingpin in a bare prison room, seated at a table, as shadowy figures, likely guards, look on in the background.
"For the rumors, an image ..." Chong wrote.
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