Fake conspiracy theory claiming George Soros arrested for election interference spreads online

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Contrary to right-wing conspiracy theories, Billionaire philanthropist George Soros was not arrested on Monday.  

A right-wing website falsely reported that Mr Soros - long a boogeyman in conservative and anti semitic conspiracy theories - was arrested in Philadelphia for election interference.  

The website included a photoshopped indictment as well as a claim that a judge had ordered a "publication ban," preventing US-based media from reporting on the ruling.  

That is fictional; judges cannot stop reporters from reporting on a case, they can only order that individuals involved with the case refrain from speaking to the media. 

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