HOAX: 'Marijuana Boys tortured then killed'

The group of boys who went viral for cursing at President Duterte are alive and under the custody of Malabon police. The video in the hoax blog post refers to a Zambales kidnap-murder case in 2016.

Rappler.com

8:42:4am August 31, 2018

1:12:21pm September 6, 2018

Screenshot of an undated August ang.balitangswak.info post claiming the teenagers, who recently went viral because of their 'pot session' video, were tortured then killed.

Screenshot of an undated August ang.balitangswak.info post claiming the teenagers, who recently went viral because of their 'pot session' video, were tortured then killed.

Claim: The group of teenage boys from Malabon City who who took a video of themselves smoking marijuana (cannabis) and cursing President Rodrigo Duterte were tortured then killed.

The website ang.balitangswak.info published the claim and garnered minimal social media engagement. It contained a supposed video from ABS-CBN News with a graphic thumbnail or featured image.

Rating: FALSE

The facts: The group of teenagers are alive and now under the custody of Malabon police.

According to them, the video was taped in 2016 but was posted online this August after one of their phones was supposedly "hacked." They surrendered immediately to authorities on August 28 and 29.

However, the embedded video in the blog post is a September 30, 2016 TV Patrol report of 3 male minors who were kidnapped, tortured, then killed in Subic, Zambales.

This type of blog post often carries death hoaxes and changes content after a while. The video also will play for a few seconds before an age restriction message will pop up. If clicked, it will open a Facebook share window with an automatic caption of “#MarijuanaBoys.”

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