Study Falsely Claims 80% Of Black Men In Atlanta Are Gay

A viral hoax website is falsely pushing claims about the percentage of black gay men in Atlanta.

A post on viralactions.com, headlined, "80% of black men in Atlanta are Homosexuals, study says," claims that Georgia State University students "began a study assessing the sexuality of the male population of the city with surprising results."

The study divided the population into the categories "black, white, Asian, and oreo, then divided them further into heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, and asexual. Upon completion of the study, it was found that 80% of the black men in Atlanta, Georgia are homosexual," said the Jan. 7, 2016 post.

Facebook users flagged the post as being potentially fabricated, as part of the social network’s efforts to combat online hoaxes.

The post also claimed that the percentage of gay black men in Atlanta is expected to be much higher "due to the large amount of men unwilling to openly admit to being anything other than straight in our society."

We did not find a Georgia State University study concluding that 80 percent of black men in Atlanta are gay. We did find social media accounts linked to viralactions.com that made it clear that its information is not factual.

fact-checkers at Snopes.com in February 2016 deemed as false claims that a study found that 80 percent of black men in Georgia were gay. The story debunked by Snopes in 2016 is the same one that has resurfaced on Viralactions.com.  

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