After the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a purported screenshot of his last tweet began to circulate online.
The tweet, according to the Associated Press, had Japanese characters with a purported English translation beneath.
The translation reads, “I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.”
The AP concluded, however, that allegations that Abe tweeted this were untrue.
“Abe’s verified Twitter account uses a different username and profile picture than the ones shown in the altered image,” the outlet reported.
“The Japanese text in the altered image does not mention Clinton, either.”
Instead, the AP found the Japanese characters loosely translated to, “to repeat, I.”
NPR reported that Abe was shot on Friday while promoting a politician in Nara, Japan. He succumbed to his wounds shortly thereafter.
This is not the first occasion that a hoax surrounding Hillary Clinton has spread after the death of a prominent individual. The Associated Press recounted a similar incidence after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a 2020 story.
Similar to Abe’s false post, Ginsberg’s phony tweet promised embarrassing evidence against Clinton.
According to the Associated Press, Ginsberg did not use a personal Twitter account, and the account from which the claimed message was received had no relation to her.
Although none of these tweets turned out to be genuine, the popularity of this trend provides insight into Americans’ opinions about Clinton.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Clinton has not been politically relevant since she lost to former President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Nonetheless, many people are still discussing her shady behavior.
If social media users wanted to create a hoax that would sully the name of a political figure, one would think they would choose a politician with potential power, such as Trump or President Joe Biden. CONTINUE READING…