Yesterday, a fake-news article claiming Vybz Kartel has won his appeal started circulating like wildfire on social media and the rest of the internet. The fake-news article was an April's Fool joke, which a lot of the dancehall artiste's fans did not find funny. Especially, those who are eagerly awaiting his release from prison.
A Snippet of the "Vybz Kartel Wins his Appeal - Will be out of Prison this Month" Fake-News
"Entertainer Adijah ‘Vybz Kartel‘ Palmer has won his appeal on a murder charge for which he was serving a life sentence and should be out of prison later this month.
Vybz Kartel’s attorney, Bert Samuels, says that he got a call from the clerk for the lead appeals judge early this morning telling him to report to the Court of Appeal in Kingston immediately as they had come to a decision.
'I was very nervous on my drive to the court as I had no idea what the result would be but I was cautiously optimistic..."
This is why it is important to verify news articles/ information with a reputable news source/website before posting, sharing, commenting or liking them. This also helps stop the spread of fake-news, hoaxes, and pranks, which are big problems facing social media websites.
Vybz Kartel, along with fellow entertainer Shawn Storm, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, was found guilty of murder in 2014 of the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. They are currently awaiting the verdict of their appeals which are pending in the courts from July 2018.