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This week, social media has been up in arms after news circulated that Snapchat would be closing its virtual doors later this month. 

Snapchat fans mourned as speculation that the app was coming to an end on November 14 was rife. 

However, it turns out that the information, which spread like wildfire online, was completely fake. 

'CEO Evan Spiegel of the very popular app Snapchat has released that Snapchat will be removed from all app stores by November 14,2017,' read the false statement. 

'According to Fox News Media Evan has decided to make this decision due to copyright and legal issues with Facebook, Instagram, and Musical.ly.

'By the date November 14,2017 all Snapchat apps with be removed from all devices and all app stores.'

'DISCLAIMER all data and media associated with the app will also be deleted within the app.'

Thankfully for fans of the photo sharing app, it has been revealed that the 'article' in question was in fact a hoax. 

However, enough people shared and believed the story that it went completely viral. 

CEO Evan Spiegel himself responded to tweets from worries users, simply declaring the false information as 'fake news.' 


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Facebook has published a number of ads in British newspapers this morning to warn its users of fake news.

The BBC reports that various advertisements have been featured in papers such as The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

Within the ads are lists of signs for people to look out for, which includes checking the article date, checking other websites for the same story and making sure the article isn't a satire.

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This comes after Facebook has been put under political pressure to stop fake news ahead of the UK's general election this June.

A TV show, which is due to air tonight, will show how Facebook played a role in the election of Donald Trump, as well as the Brexit referendum in Britain last year.