Summary: President Obama has signed an executive order that makes it illegal for any federal agency or public school to recognise the Pledge of Allegiance.
Originated from: abcnews.com.co
Date(s) active: Aug 2016, Sept 2016
Rumours that President Obama has signed an executive order that would ban any federal agency or public school from recognising the Pledge of Allegiance is spreading across social media. The rumours are linking back to a story published on the website abcnews.com.co, which claims Obama stated that “The pledge excludes so many Americans who are vital to making this country what it is”.
The story reads in part –
Early this morning, President Obama made what could very well prove to be the most controversial move of his presidency with the signing of Executive Order 13738, which revokes the federal government’s official recognition of the Pledge of Allegiance. Under the new order, it is now illegal for any federally funded agency to display the pledge or for any federal employee to recite, or encourage others to recite, the pledge while on duty.
As many readers may have suspected, the article is entirely false. It should be noted that the website abcnews.com.co is NOT related to ABC News in any way. It is a website that specialises in fake news using the ABC brand to trick many viewers into believing the articles it publishes.
Needless to say, the story is false. The real Executive Order 13738 is actually just an amendment to another Executive Order, EO13673, an order concerning fair pay and workplace safety. ABCNews.com.co is one of many fake news websites ran by Internet “satirist” Paul Horner. His past sites have included NBC.com.co and ABC.com.co, and he has been responsible for a number of popular online hoaxes in the past.
Other fake stories that have appeared on his site have included the claim that Donald Trump tweeted an image of his penis and that Ted Cruz would endorse Trump if he “made masturbation illegal”.
While there is no visible disclaimer on the ABCnews.com.co website, there is this at the bottom of each article –
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Basically, the entire story is fake, and it should not be circulated as genuine.