By Amara Christa
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has denied fake reports that her home was raided and she was arrested for sex trafficking.
The 66-year-old talk show host was the name of many tongues on Tuesday when the false report emerged.
Oprah Winfrey has now taken to Twitter to shut down the rumours.
In a series of tweets to her over 42 million followers, she wrote:
“Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing.”
“It’s NOT TRUE,” she added, “Haven’t been raided or arrested.”
She signed off the post by reminding her followers that she was doing her part to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus by practising social distancing.
“Just sanitizing and self-distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody,” she said.
After Oprah Winfrey quashed the conspiracy, many of her industry peers stepped in to call out the hoax.
In recent times, celebrities have become victims of QAnon, a group of individuals operating independently online, who espouse outrageous conspiracy theories that they post on every single social media platform.
According to the Washington Post, their goal is to create and disseminate outrageous conspiracy theories on major social media platforms.
One Facebook post – the actual source of the misinformation – claimed that a house in Boca Raton, Florida, (according to the post, Oprah’s house) was seized and roped off with red-tape, reported Washington Post. Oprah does not own a house in Florida.
That’s not all, according to the elaborate hoax, coronavirus is only but a decoy created by US President Donald Trump to take down some of the world’s biggest names.
QAnon recently made false claims about Tom Hanks, who tested positive for coronavirus in Australia. The group alleged that was actually arrested for paedophilia while claiming that other A-list celebrities will soon be arrested.