According to National Report, Banksy, the elusive political activist, graffiti artist, painter, film director and long time fugitive was arrested early this morning by London’s Metropolitan Police. The artist’s name was said to be Paul Horner, a 35-year old male born in Liverpool, England.
This alleged arrest has been just another hoax to try and out the identity of the artist. The article claims the story has been confirmed by BBC and that City of London Police Chief Lyndon Edwards held a press conference to answer questions about Banksy’s arrest. BBC has not confirmed this story and Lyndon Edwards does not exist. The name Paul Horner is also the name given to a Facebook spokesperson who said the site will soon be charging users $2.99 a month. This story was also shown to be a hoax.
The story has been shared more than 200,000 times on Facebook and Twitter and goes to show that people still believe:
“If it’s on the Internet, it’s true.” – Abraham Lincoln*
*Quote not actually by Abraham Lincoln