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SpongeBob SquarePants Falls Victim to Fake News

Bikini Bottom may not be a failed state, but it's still prone to disinformation campaigns.
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Nothing and no one is safe from fake news—not even SpongeBob SquarePants. Yesterday, a dubious screenshot of a social media post announced the end of Nickelodeon's classic cartoon:

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The good and gullible millennials of the Internet were quick to mourn one of their childhood favorites, paying long, winding essays as tribute. You have to understand: This is SpongeBob SquarePants, and an entire generation holds the franchise dear. The show originally debuted in 1999, just in time for all children born that decade to enjoy. The feelings were very, very real:

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Fortunately, like Sylvester Stallone's death last week, it was all a hoax. Last May, the show was renewed through to 2019, with another SpongeBob movie in the works for 2020. Also, SpongeBob's U.S. ratings remain high, so there really is no precedent for cancellation. Nevertheless, the official SpongeBob SquarePants Facbook page shot the rumors down:

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With relief, of course, comes some disappointment as well. This was an Internet hoax in its classic mold, and we still aren't rid of it. It may be an innocuous, if belligerent little lie this time, but it also proves the old saying that a lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.

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