As Facebook and other tech companies come under increased pressure to remove false news stories and advertisements from their platforms, two hoaxes regarding the recent deaths of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter have been circulating online.
As Snopes reports, the first of these hoaxes emerged just days after Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash. Presented in the form of a video news report, it stated falsely that Bryant’s wife had committed suicide following the January 26 crash.
Weeks later a nearly-identical video appeared on the internet, this one claiming that one of Bryant’s surviving daughters, Natalia, had committed suicide. The video featured the BBC News logo and used edited clips from real news reports to enhance its credibility.