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Fake MLK quote goes viral after bin Laden death

(RNN) - In the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden, a supposed quote by Martin Luther King Jr. has gone viral, filling Facebook news feeds and being retweeted by the twitterverse.

The "quote" reads:

I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

However, as pointed out by The Atlantic, the quote isn't entirely legit.

The first part of the quote began as a status by Facebook user Jessica Dovey. She then followed her own thoughts with the real MLK quote, "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

Somewhere along the way, someone mashed Dovey's thoughts with MLK's, and a fake quote was born and subsequently went viral.

Dovey posted this screen shot of her Facebook status.

The quote was most notably retweeted to the 1.65 million followers of the Penn half of Penn and Teller. She tweeted back, "I am the original author of the 'MLK' quote. Somewhere my words got mixed with his."

She has since tweeted, "I am overwhelmed: my tiny voice has sparked meaningful, intelligent debate across the interwebs."

Another popular viral quote, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, reads, "The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity." Duly noted, Mr. President.

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