Whatahoax! Viral prankster has internet convinced Whataburger is closing

Wednesday morning, popular southern hamburger chain Whataburger was forced to respond to a claim made by a prank website that announced the chain would be closing all its locations in 2018. The post, by a fake news site, wrote that Whataburger CEO Preston Atkinson announced the closing, the result of the restaurant’s inability to keep up with the competition.

Whataburger calmed worried patrons by tweeting that the story was fake and that the chain is not going anywhere. So don’t worry, your honey butter chicken biscuits are safe.

Whataburger did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Channel 45 News, where the hoax originated, is a popular crowdsourced site to create fake articles to send to your friends and share on social media. You can input headlines you like, add images, and create the next big fake news controversy and viral panic.

So don’t.

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery is a Daily Dot contributor whose writing and criticism cover all things pop culture, with an emphasis on how communities of color impact physical and digital cultural spaces. Her writing and photography have also appeared in Texas Monthly, the Fader, Complex, and Billboard.