A Facebook post claiming Labour activists in the Capital had converted to supporting independence has been exposed as a spoof.
The fake news post went viral after it claimed that the the non-existent Edinburgh South Labour Party was going to back independence.
The post, which had been shared by more than 400 people since being created last year, claimed that Labour members in the south of the city had performed a remarkable u-turn.
A post titled ‘Position Declared on Scottish Independence’ read: “In the last independence referendum we strongly campaigned for Better Together. “We have covertly as a group decided on the above. The position now declared by those in Edinburgh South Labour Party is to support Scottish Independence.
“Our decision directly relates to the values of Labour.
“Our brave decision is at odds with the Scottish Labour leadership and Ian Murray MP. We cannot sit by and allow Conservatives to strip us of EU membership and our Human Rights. We are dismayed by Ian Murray MP to put himself above the People of Scotland.
“We’ve had a broken vow, and false expectations of what was to be delivered, angering us within the Labour Party.
“We are a group of around 30 Labour members working at varying levels in Scottish Labour.
“This time we campaign for Yes Scotland - and we hope you will join us to protect Scotland and Her future rights, privileges and prosperity.”
A spokesperson from Scottish Labour said: “Scottish Labour is firmly opposed to the divisive plans from the SNP for another independence referendum”