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.
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.
— Mary Anne Rodis (@maryannerodis) September 12, 2018
— Dave Fuller (@FullerForReal) September 11, 2018
Sharknado was prophetic pic.twitter.com/xeSFTY112k
— Peter McCormack (@WhatBitcoinDid) September 12, 2018
We’re really in for it now y’all pic.twitter.com/FnK8JAGmlU
— Miranda Bitting (@mirandabitting) September 11, 2018
Y’all laughed at Sharknado. Who’s laughing now? pic.twitter.com/5Y7GqQyuWU
— Alan Johnson (@TheAlanJohnson) September 13, 2018
— Villi Wilson❌ (@Conservative_VW) September 13, 2018
Like this thing is sucking up Sharks and causing a legit Sharknado situation. It’s not worth risking it.
— GrandPOObear ALG (@GrandPOOBear) September 13, 2018
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.