Reporters Fooled By Fake Storm Photos on Social Media
Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast early Monday and with it fake storm photos flooded social networks. Social media users were both shocked and stunned, especially those that believed the photos to be real.
There were at least ten pictures with #sandy for the hashtag posted each second; the pictures generally showed outdoor scenes and people getting ready for the storm.
Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Instagram all had the same picture of the Statue of Liberty under a threatening stormy sky circulate. The skyline is actually of Nebraska, it is believed that photoshop was used to put the stormy illusion over the landmark. A similar fake storm photo was posted after a tornado in Brooklyn about two years ago.
Photos of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier being guarded in the rain and menacing cloud over New York were in the line-up of fake photos. The users of social media were not the only ones fooled, news professionals bought into the fake storm photos as well.
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