Banksy alleged arrest and identity reveal was a hoax

For a time today, the world had thought the famously anonymous graffiti artist “Banksy” had been arrested and his identity finally revealed. The National Report posted a story (sans by line) saying as much, but it turned out to be a farce. The prank did elevate Banksy as a trending topic on Twitter.

From the Independent:

However, the prank seems to have duped the internet, with his name quickly trending on Twitter.

A false story, published on US website National Report, alleged that the identity of the British street artist had finally been revealed and he had been arrested by London?s Metropolitan Police and is being held ?without bail on charges of vandalism, conspiracy, racketeering and counterfeiting?.