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Fact Check-Walmart is not closing all its stores on Black Friday

Walmart will not be closing all its stores on Black Friday, contrary to claims made in a “positive misinformation” campaign on social media which said it was aimed at reducing stress on the company’s workers. 

Multiple posts on social media show altered headlines from Forbes (here, here, here, here) and The New York Times (here, here) announcing that Walmart will be closed on Black Friday. 

“In surprising move, Walmart announces it will close its doors on Black Friday” one such headline reads, in a page layout similar to The New York Times.

The claim that stores will be kept closed is untrue, a Walmart spokesperson told Reuters by email. “Walmart stores will be opened from 5a-11p (local time) on Black Friday (Nov. 26).”

A Facebook post, shared more than 9,000 times and featuring a screenshot of a faked Forbes headline, said the claim was not true.

“I'm starting a misinformation campaign to convince people that Walmart is closed on Black Friday,” the user wrote. “That way the people who work at Walmart will have a less stressful day. Join me in the fight to spread positive misinformation. #walmartisclosedonblackfriday” (here). 

VERDICT

False. Walmart will open its stores on Black Friday. 

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking workhere .

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