The false news started from a post on
Twitter, which suddenly spread across the globe, to the surprise of many.
The Mexican government had to come out and debunk the rumours of the escape of Joaquin Guzman aka El Chapo, with a Tweet.
The Mexican Secretary of the Interior,
Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, quickly put out a picture of the drug lord in prison, saying “For the rumours, an image.”
ElChapo was sentenced to prison in 1995 for 20 years, but he escaped in 2001. He was caught in 2014, 13 years later.
The drug lord escaped for the second time in 2015, through a tunnel that was dug under his prison cell.
He was however re-arrested on January 8, 2016 by the Mexican authorities » and was put in an isolated cell.
For three years, from 2009-2011, El Chapo was ranked by Forbes as one of the most powerful people in the world.