Despite what you may have read online, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy was not arrested for DUI this week.
Pranksters took aim at the Navy’s top enlisted sailor, creating a fake news story saying Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens had been arrested with a blood alcohol content that was twice the legal limit, according to the Navy Times.
Stevens denied the prank on his own Facebook page:
As it turns out, the rumor got started on Fakeshare.com, a site that lets users create fake news story links and then count the number of people who fall for them. So far this week they’ve started rumors that the Dodgers traded three of their best players and that Netflix cancelled season 3 of “Orange is the New Black,” among others.
The Navy Times says the pranksters have yet to be tracked down.