A hoax post reported the the gibbs (and teenaged son of Jada Pinkett Smith and also Will Smith) had actually killed himself.

Published28 July 2016

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The news was not true, and also didn’t come from a legitimate source. In fact, individuals who clicked the above-displayed post were greeted v a popup article requesting permission native a Facebook app to short article on their behalf, make the article appear less prefer a hoax and much more like an outright scam: 


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Messages about Jaden Smith’s alleged self-destruction were shared from miscellaneous sites, and also led come a selection of dodgy-sounding facebook apps, consisting of “Smart Mobiles,” “Gadgy Land,” “Pakiza,” “Top Feeds” and several others. 


Intrepid web users that clicked the link and also gave the application permission were eventually greeted with one of several “news” story claiming the Jaden Smith had committed suicide. The internet sites responsible because that this hoax have actually published dozens the fake news stories and graphics through this false claim:


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Users that granted these apps permission to short article to facebook on their behalf quickly discovered this fatality hoax posted to their very own Facebook feeds, thereby replicating itself across social media.

Jaden blacksmith himself has been energetic on his society media accounts, seemingly unaware that he’s supposed to be dead. He posted a photograph of himself on 27 July 2016:


Clickbait stories such as celebrity death hoaxes are usual ways because that dubious net sites and also apps to spread malware. Also if the website don’t spread out invasive software application outright, your computer or social media accounts have the right to still be conveniently hijacked so the unscrupulous companies deserve to profit native a seemingly large social media presence.