People Are Genuinely Concerned That Florence Has Become a Sharknado


People Are Genuinely Concerned That Florence Has Become a Sharknado

Just when you thought the news surrounding Hurricane Florence couldn’t get any weirder (we’ve already had American’s threatening to shoot at it), it does.

We all know that fake news is rampant on social media, but you’ll still find people who are willing to believe anything they read.

And when Hurricane Florence and fake news meet, what do you get?

A sharknado, apparently.

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For those not in the know, Sharknado is the first in a series of films about, well, a tornado full of sharks. The franchise is so bad it’s good, and they’ve gained cult status since the first movie launched in 2013. The last film in the saga was released last month, and was titled ‘The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time.’

Although a storm like this obvioulsly puts people at risk, being eaten by a shark is not something citizens should be concerned about. Nevertheless, a fake news image claiming to be from CNN has gone viral on Twitter.

This isn’t the first time someone has managed to convince the internet that flying sharks were a safety risk. Someone pulled a similar online prank last year during Hurricane Irma.

Fortunately, Snopes was on it, quickly debunking the rumour. The fact-checker also revealed that the source of both Irma and Florence graphics is Break Your Own News, a site where users can create their own fake news images.

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Sophie Lloyd

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