Oprah Reacts To Online Rumors That She Was Arrested

DENVER, COLORADO - MARCH 07: Oprah Winfrey speaks during Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour presented by WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) at Pepsi Center on March 07, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.   (Photo by Tom Cooper/Getty Images)

Oprah Reacts To Online Rumors That She Was Arrested

Twitter got this one very, very wrong.

Published March 18th

Written by BET Staff

Oprah Winfrey's name was trending on Tuesday night (March 17) for the most bizarre of reasons. Rumors were spreading around the internet that the media mogul had been arrested for — wait for it — sex trafficking. 

If that sounds implausible to you, it's because the reports were absolutely false, and perpetuated by trolls and bots. But the noise got so loud that Oprah felt the need to set the record straight herself.

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"Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody," she wrote, referencing the self-quarantine mandate that has most of society staying indoors this week.

In case there are still one or two people on the internet who needed to hear that again, Oprah's friend Ava DuVernay reiterated the message:

The incident is a good reminder that, in a world of bots, trolls and deep fakes, everybody needs to be more skeptical of what we read online.

Photo: Tom Cooper/Getty Images

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