Starbucks isn’t offering free Frappuccinos to Black Lives Matter supporters
CLAIM: Starbucks has a promotion offering a free Frappuccino drink of choice to anyone who goes to a Starbucks store and shouts “Black Lives Matter.”
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. This is not a real offer, according to a Starbucks spokesperson.
THE FACTS: The fake Starbucks promotion shows the hands of two people, one white and one black, holding up brightly-colored blended coffee drinks with whipped cream on top.
“We’re all in this together,” it says. “BLACK LIVES MATTER! Come to any of our stores shouting these words for a free Frapuccino of your choice. The louder you shout, the larger the size you’ll get!”
Thousands of Facebook and Twitter users on Thursday shared the fake advertisement in support of the coffee chain.
“This is why they get all my money,” one Facebook user wrote.
“Starbucks anyone?! #BLM definitely works!” said another.
However, a Starbucks spokesperson confirmed the offer is not valid and wasn’t created by the company.
“Our customers may confirm any Starbucks promotion, by checking the Starbucks app, reaching out to our customer care line, or asking a Starbucks barista,” the company said in an emailed statement.
Starbucks has made public statements in the wake of George Floyd’s death, denouncing racism and announcing plans to design anti-bias resources and training.
“Black lives matter,” the company said in a tweet on Thursday. “We are committed to being a part of change.”
This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.
Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536