Fake website poses as Knoxville news station

UPDATE: Breaking News 247 has agreed to take the page down since it uses copyrighted material.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Breaking News 247 promises to help you “prank your friends with fake news!”

Tuesday, Breaking News 247 posted an article that claims to be from Channel 6 WJBF-TV and is reporting on an attack in Sweetwater, Tennessee. The article claims that three people were stabbed by people dressed in clown costumes near a duck pond in Sweetwater, but Sweetwater Police Department said that is not true.

“This is a hoax and we have not had any such thing here,” said Sweetwater Police Chief Eddie Byrum. “We had a great time on Halloween.”

WATE 6 On Your Side also contacted Channel 6 WJBF-TV, which covers news in Georgia and South Carolina. WJBF Digital Producer Michael Lepp said the web story is not their story.

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