Fake news: No, Tim Hortons CEO was NOT arrested for possession of child porn

Jul 21 2022, 5:34 pm

You may be seeing crazy reports about Tim Hortons’ CEO circulating on your social media feeds today.

Social media accounts have been sharing a story with the headline “CEO of Tim Hortons arrested for possession of child pornography.”

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This is, in fact, fake news.

The article is from the Vancouver Times, which describes itself as the “most trusted source for satire on the West Coast.”

“We write satirical stories about issues that affect conservatives,” its bio reads.

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Vancouver Times

The story incorrectly reports that Daniel Schwartz — who is not the CEO of Tim Hortons, but the executive chairman of its parent company Restaurant Brands International (José Cil is the CEO of Tim Hortons’ parent company) — was arrested at his home outside of New York City.

The article started circulating Wednesday afternoon and social media users began reacting, even replying to Tim Hortons tweets asking about the fake scandal.

The Vancouver Times later updated the article on Thursday amid the growing frenzy online, confirming that it is satirical and not factual. The article was then placed under the site’s satire section, saying it would “ease confusion” — seeing as many people were sharing it as actual news.

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Vancouver Times

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Vancouver Times

The supposedly “satirical” post had no one laughing.

It comes on the heels of an uproar against the Canadian fast food chain for requiring all of its annual camp day attendees to be vaccinated, which had #BoycottTimHortons trending on Twitter last week.

Canadians who are against these vaccine mandates were quick to use the fake article as more fuel for the fire.

Daily Hive has reached out to Tim Hortons for a statement and will update the story if additional information becomes available.

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