After the bombing, several posts of fake victims went viral. We look at the disturbing trend that keeps fooling social #media
The tweets usually go something like this.
My son was in the Manchester Arena today hes not picking up my call
Help my sister is missing in Munich, she was working in Mcdonalds when the shooting started
My sister was in Nice near the accident, please help, my mama is crying
The posts all have something in common they were all sent after an attack in a European country and were all fake. Attached to each was a picture of someone who wasnt at the scene; some werent even in the same country.
In the wake of the #Manchester attack, family members of people genuinely caught up in Monday nights terror searched desperately for news of their loved ones. Many turned to social media. Collages of the missing were created by people who wanted to help.
But as their posts went viral, so did the hoaxes. And this time, some ended up being published by major news outlets in the media scramble which traditionally follows a terrorist attack.
I felt violated
Rachel Devine had just come out of surgery when she received a message from a friend asking if her daughter Gemma was OK. Someone had seen a post claiming she was at the concert.
This was strange, because Devine knew Gemma was not in Manchester; she was at her school in Melbourne, Australia.
I was actually recovering from surgery so unable to respond quickly, Devine said. I can only assume that in the rush to get the story, news producers found the image and plea for help and ran with it. Her face was all over the Daily Mail in their breaking coverage.
Gemmas picture was included in the collages of victims which Devine said she had seen everywhere, even on the Facebook pages of Australian breakfast TV shows.
Gemma was initially confused, as one can imagine, said Devine. She is only concerned about the people who were actually lost in the tragedy and their families, and that people understand that she had absolutely nothing to do with the false spread of her image.
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