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A post circulating on Facebook is erroneously claiming the Guinness World Records (GWR) deleted the record for “greatest robbery of a government” — held by the late ousted President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. — due to insufficient proof.

The false graphic appeared on April 1 and included the text: “GUINNESS OFFICIALLY DELETES TITLE ‘GREATEST ROBBERY OF A GOVERNMENT’ FOR LACK OF EVIDENCE.”

In their caption, the inaccurate posts claimed that GWR apologized to Filipinos after they found “no substantial evidence to back up such a claim.” A portion of the caption read: “According to the representative and head of publishing and brand communications of Guinness, they find all the documents and proofs very malicious.”

A reader requested VERA Files Fact Check to verify this claim.

GWR never made such a statement. Satirical FB page Cebu Dairy News published the original claim on April Fools’ Day. Some netizens requested the page owner to take down the post since not all people knew it was satire.

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