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On March 25, a screenshot of a Snapchat of an email found its way to Twitter. The email claimed to be from Chris Funk, superintendent of the East Side Union High School District in San José, California. “I guess I’m graduating on F—ing ROBLOX [sic],” the tweet said, referencing a popular online video game.

But the email was fake. East Side Union High School is currently teaching its students remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and like most other high schools across the US, its graduation plans are up in the air. 

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The superintendent told Insider that the high school has no intention of holding its graduation on Roblox, the online multiplayer video game.

In an email on March 26, Funk debunked the news: “This is false information.  We are not using Roblox platform. We have not decided on graduation plans.” His email signature was the same as the allegedly phony one from the viral tweet, so whoever started the hoax really knew what they were doing. 

The East Side Union High School senior behind the tweet, who hadn’t yet confirmed her name at press time, told Insider that she wasn’t sure where the false information had free robux generator originated, but that she found the screenshot from someone else, “and they received it from someone else.” 

Despite the fact that the tweet is verifiably false, first reported by The Mercury News on March 26, it remains up on Twitter, and has over 40,000 retweets and 200,00 likes. It has also traveled to other platforms like Instagram where it’s become a meme as well.

Twitter did not immediately respond for comment.

Platforms like Twitter and Facebook have struggled to adjust to rampant misinformation and disinformation about the novel coronavirus, quarantine, and the quickly shifting circumstances our daily lives. Every major platform has made rules against spreading false information related to the coronavirus, but accurate enforcement has been slow.

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