I’m not a great fan of Facebook, sometimes it has its uses for me though.
But some of the stuff I’m seeing shared on there lately is really beginning to rile me.
We are constantly bombarded with viral images of things and asked to share. Child abuse, animal cruelty, cancer. Most of the time I just ignore the posts, but just occasionally out of curiosity, I try to check the background of an article.
Two in the last couple of days have been spreading like wildfire.
One in my local area (Burnley), in which a child was supposedly missing, having been abducted in a car. I Googled the given registration of the car involved, and lo and behold, up comes an article from South Africa about a young girl who has been snatched by her father. Not even in this country, never mind in this area.
The other is even worse.
One of the many photos of “child abuse” which is doing the rounds. On checking the photo in the reverse image search, I found an article about the child.
Not child abuse at all, but the three-year old girl was the victim of an attack by a two-year old at her nursery!
Lord knows what the parents of this child would think if they ever find out what their daughters photo has been attached to. Over two thousand comments on the post to date, saying what they would do to whoever was responsible. Some even saying they knew the evil person that had committed the crime.
a. That people are sick enough to spread this stuff around in the first place.
b. That people would join in with the charade of making an article appear true.
c. That so many people seem to take whatever they see on Facebook at face value.
I actually put a comment on linking people to the real story, but seeming nobody has taken any notice because the comments on the photo are still coming!