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I caught this on the google news and wanted to share the link.


https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/04/tech/face...index.html

A Facebook rumor about white vans is spreading fear across New York

(CNN)Terrifying rumors initially propelled by Facebook's algorithms have sparked fears that men driving white vans are kidnapping women all across the United States for sex trafficking and to sell their body parts. While there is no evidence to suggest this is happening, much less on a national, coordinated scale, a series of viral Facebook (FB) posts created a domino effect that led to the mayor of a major American city issuing a warning based on the unsubstantiated claims.
And whoever is making all this up will never be held accountable for the damage they do to other law abiding citizens. Why I consider all facebook to be bogus (untrue).   ~crofter
This organization does not mention vehicles in their list of signs of trafficking.  Also another site reports the viral Facebook posts were a hoax.   

https://humantraffickinghotline.org/huma...zing-signs

"After being questioned, the witness has admitted to making a false claim." from the link below.

https://wgxa.tv/news/local/police-witnes...11-20-2019

Really sad that the people taken in trafficking can't get help, due to people lying to the cops. ~crofter
Here's a link to the Fake-News writer Maarten Schenk showing a pic of the locks in question. The commentary following is quite irrational and scary (and mostly unprintable on here due to language), one soccer mom talks about shooting the van driver in the face when he or she gets out. 

Quote from the Maarten Schenk article, "Locks like these are actually quite common and they are often purchased by people who want to keep their toolboxes safe at night."

Soccer mom (not her real name): "So who else got this when they shared this post now I do understand that they may use these type of locks on work trucks but why would you need them on in the day time like this your truck is moving...."

Rational person (not her real name): "Because they are bolted on."

https://hoax-alert.leadstories.com/34711...l-911.html
Also no actual description of a vehicle, including pertinent information like make, model and plate number. In the van pics posted, includes every make but citroen. 

When getting out of my van in a parking lot, I have actually had strangers come up to me acting all relieved and saying "Oh it's you." Was I about to be shot in the face by the Soccer Mom? That is scary.  ~crofter
You'd think the FB censors would be right on top of that there fake news.
"You'd think the FB censors would be right on top of that there fake news"

hahahahahahahahahahahaha
I really hope you meant that as a joke and don't truly believe it.

highdesertranger
I was thinking this may be a way to get people to stop using White Vans to live in and using the Facebook Algorithyms to cause chaos.

To many white vans, it's pretty much the only color they come in these days.  I remember the 1970's Good Time Vans with 50 Series tires on all four wheels and stripes and graphics to personalize the van.  Shag Carpet on the walls and Sound Systems you could here for blocks!

Anonymity has it's price...
And that's why I call it fakebook!

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And last night i got my first "knock" all because of this nonsense, we heard one officer repeat " it dosent have any locks, no less thsn three times, before they pounded on the side of the van.
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