Friday, 10 January 2014

4 Viral Social Media Stories That Had You Fooled!

The internet is a dangerous place, especially when posting personal information and photos which can be taken, changed, used by others to embarrass or portray you in a bad light and now with the Facebook 'sharing' option, seen by hundreds of thousands of people and be taken out of context.
To prove the above point I have done a lot of research and gathered a group of images that have gone viral on social networks but are not what they seem. Feel free to share THIS on your Facebook and clear the names and stories up!

Vodka Puppy

First up is something that, obviously, upset me greatly when I first saw it. I thought that surely there has to be a news story online about it and looked it up to be pleasantly surprised at the actual story.
See I know exactly what puppies are like for playing with bottles and such, Baker still does it (although empty, plastic ones) and that is exactly what this little guy was doing.

After the photo had spread and gathered so much attention, Police stepped in and conducted an investigation as to who this man (being stereotyped and ridiculed for his tattoos apparently having something to do with him being a bad person - urrgh!) was and after a full inquiry the outcome was
that it was all a complete misunderstanding.
You can read the full police report here, but the long and short of it is that the puppy had been dragging the sealed bottle around the floor and the guy in question had been trying to pull the Vodka away from him. Going to show that a photo may be funny if you know the story but it can be very much misleading to others.

Nelson Luther King?

After the news of the loss of the late, great man that was Nelson Mandela had circulated last year, this tweet became infamous for its stupidity and ignorance two legendary figures and their places in history. It was believable though as Paris Hilton isn't known to be the brightest crayon in the box but it was, in fact, a set up to make the poor heiress look stupid. It came to light after Paris herself made a statement, that the tweet had never actually existed. Instead, the supposed screen shot had been created by the parody account @DeletedTweets.
Thus proving we are all at risk of identity 'theft'.

Bicycle Tree

In this case, the photo is posted by a page with an inaccurate description trying to gain 'likes' for their made up sentimental story. It's caption is along the lines of that the bike was left chained to the tree in 1914 but was never claimed by the owner as the young boy had gone off to fight in WW1.
Apparently, the story is nowhere near as interesting though, the bike having being simply abandoned by a guy called Don in the 50s. He received it as a donation after the family's home had burnt down but it was unwanted seeing as it was too small for him. It is almost certain by the way it grew into the tree that other people had a hand in moving it.

The Hands of God

He's real!! God's real. Look here is photographic proof! No, just no. All too many photos these days have been altered using Photoshop and the people who want to believe it share it and cause something that doesn't exist to be trusted. 
This doctored photo was emailed in 2007 with the statement, 'I took this picture on Hwy 30, traveling to London, KY. It has given me strength in the times of trouble. I feel I should share it with the rest of the world. I hope it is an inspiration to you. It just goes to show what we already know.... We have a God and he's watching over us. I e-mailed this picture to News Channel 36. I was contacted by Meteorologist John James. He said that this picture of the sky is showing up, in all states, around the world. He wanted to know where I was from and where I took it. He saw a similar picture taken in Texas. He said this is amazing to him!'.

It has since been posted on Facebook in 2010 claiming to of been taken just before the earthquake that hit Haiti.
You can see the original image here.

Did you believe any of these images without thinking if they were the truth or not? Have you shared stories on social networks without knowing the actual origin?
I hope you'll think twice in future before taking part in internet 'Chinese whispers'!

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