There has been a lot of uncertainty since news of the attack broke. (This post will be updated.)
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A van drove into a crowd of people on Las Ramblas, the main tourist and commercial street in Barcelona, on Thursday, killing and injuring several people in what authorities said was a terrorist attack. Two suspects have been arrested, according to police.
In the aftermath of the attack, rumors started spreading online about the perpetrators and their motivations.
Here's the online misinformation so far:
There was no hostage situation in Barcelona as early reports suggested.
Soon after the attack, reports surfaced of a hostage situation in a cafe or bar in Barcelona, but it later became clear this was false.
Authorities later explicitly denied rumors that a man had taken hostages in a nearby bar.
“There is no one entrenched itself in any bar in the center of #Barcelona,” police tweeted.
This is not a photo of one of the attackers, it’s comedian Sam Hyde.
An image of this man as one of the suspects pops up in the aftermath of nearly every attack, but it's actually comedian Sam Hyde, who has a history of pranks.