Attorney General Alan Wilson: Don't believe 'The Purge' hoax

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Attorney General Alan Wilson has simple words for those of you who believe in or are spreading the Internet hoax called "The Purge": use common sense.

If you haven't heard of it, "The Purge" is the titular plot to a series of films where all laws are declared null and void for a period of 12 hours. Imagine a world where crimes like murder and robbery were legal. You get the point.

But somewhere between reality and Hollywood, the lines have been blurred and folks have begun to believe the "purge" to be real. In Louisville, law enforcement agents there took the social media threats seriously.

Even Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews had to deal with the social media hoax.

But Alan Wilson, who admits that he's only heard of the "purge" recently, says you may be able to do anything on social media, but that doesn't make it okay.

"We cannot legislate common sense," said Wilson. "There are young people out there doing things -- frankly, there are older people doing things -- out there on the Internet that are just devoid of any rational reason and there is just no common sense to it whatsoever."

Wilson's office heads up the Internet Crimes Against Children task force and wants to nip the hoax in the bud before it spreads further in South Carolina.

So, if you hear anything about a so-called "purge," understand that the Wild West of the Internet sometimes gets a bit too wild.

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