Social media giant Snapchat has been forced to deny rumours their popular app is set to close down at the end of 2017.
We're not shutting down. #fakenewshttps://t.co/9apoTU8fXa
— Snapchat Support (@snapchatsupport) November 7, 2017
Here is the passage that was posted on the Channel45News site:
The CEO Evan Spiegel of the very popular app Snapchat has released that Snapchat will be removed from all app stores by November 14,2017. 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.
It turns out that Channel45News.com is a prank news website where seemingly plausible stories are posted in order to dupe the public into thinking the stories are true. Since most of the people who saw the story didn't click into the article which would have revealed that the story was a fake the rumour spiralled out of control and got so big it demanded a response from Snapchat.
Here is the article in question, where the page explicity says that it is fake news:
One of those cases where a lie can travel around the globe while the truth is putting on its shoes.