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to be fed up of people not checking the truth of warnings before they share them?

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gremlindolphin Wed 06-Mar-13 10:08:27

There are some brilliant sites like hoax-slayer, snopes etc but friends keep on sharing rubbish links on facebook and by email which I think are just designed to scare people. It also detracts from the real things which it can be beneficial to share.

I just commented to one friend that her link was a hoax and she said that she thought it was better to share it anyway in case it did happen!

Greydog Wed 06-Mar-13 14:54:03

I've pissed people off as well, ranting about this stuff. Why do people believe it? Oh, it's on the internet, so it must be true. AARRGGHH! And I nearly always link it to one of the hoax sites. FB has it's own.

DeepPurple Wed 06-Mar-13 14:54:17

It no I!

worldgonecrazy Wed 06-Mar-13 14:57:24

The anti-muslim ones are really rubbish aren't they? Quite often people repost without thinking, I had to point out to a friend that "In God We Trust" is not the motto of Great Britain.

DeepPurple Wed 06-Mar-13 15:00:15

TempusFuckit - I just posted your link on my FB for all the dense idiots to read grin

gremlindolphin Wed 06-Mar-13 15:13:07

Perhaps we should all be each others friends on facebook then we can all post hoax-slayers links on other peoples pages and not share anything rubbish!!

I love MN!

TolliverGroat Wed 06-Mar-13 15:20:04

Bear in mind that while cut onions are apparently deadly, they also allegedly prevent you catching the flu. Sigh.

BlingLoving Wed 06-Mar-13 16:07:15

What anti-Muslim ones? I think. Have missed those, thank god!

DoJo Wed 06-Mar-13 17:10:20

My mum sends all the e-mail ones to me now to avoid embarrassment after I took her to task over a forwarded e-mail which suggested Sheryl Crowe had got breast cancer from a bottle of warm water. She's an intelligent woman who believes (or rather used to believe) these things on the basis that she doesn't understand why someone would even start something like this if there weren't any truth to it. I'm inclined to agree with her on that front, but have finally convinced her that they do so she's now much more vigilant!

NeverWinsMNComps Wed 06-Mar-13 17:11:12

grin just 40 more likes

lurkedtoolong Wed 06-Mar-13 17:15:14

grin NeverWins

cuillereasoupe Wed 06-Mar-13 17:23:02

I had a friend who joined in a "prayer wave" to "wash over" Japan after the tsunami and couldn't understand why I thought that was in dubious taste hmm.

Jengnr Wed 06-Mar-13 17:29:51

The racist ones are ace. Usually accompanied by poor spelling.

I've been unfriended before now for pointing out the mistakes and saying if they're so proud to be English they ought to start by learning the language.

StuntGirl Wed 06-Mar-13 17:30:52

I hate them so much! Luckily I hardly ever receive any, though if I do I post a link to Snopes.

FeckOffCup Wed 06-Mar-13 17:39:00

I am totally sick of seeing the one about "if you see a red sticker on your gate then your dog will be stolen to use as bait in fighting" it is total bullshit yet people keep sharing it.

LulaPalooza Wed 06-Mar-13 17:45:18

YANBU in the slightest. I really, really, really hate the interweb sometimes. it turns seemingly intelligent people into completely gullible eejits.

A DOCTOR friend of mine re-posted the one about a guy whose contact lens welded itself to his eyeball after he looked at a BBQ fire for too long.

A freaking DOCTOR!

And when I pointed out that it's an urban myth, he said "Haha! you're probably right" but has left the post up on his wall.

And don't even get me started on the Facebook like scam... thanks for posting that link, Tempus I had forgotten about that article.

LulaPalooza Wed 06-Mar-13 18:19:04

Ha! Just seen this on a friend's FB wall:




onetwothreefourfive Wed 06-Mar-13 18:32:53

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ScarletLady02 Wed 06-Mar-13 18:37:48

I don't get these too often, but I do from time to time. I've hoax-slayed people on occasion as well.

Uppermid Wed 06-Mar-13 18:55:53

I love snopes!

muffinmonster Wed 06-Mar-13 20:02:09

We had one from the police, forward by our local neighbourhood watch, about car thieves. I smelled a rat, checked out Snopes, and informed the NW co-ordinator. The police officer concerned got very huffy and said 'Well, if you don't WANT us to send you information.....' hmm

BelleEtLaBaby Wed 06-Mar-13 20:19:17

There's an awful one popped up on my newsfeed three times tonight. A horrible photo of an injured boy on a gurney in A&E saying he'd been shot six times by his stepfather as he was protecting his little sister from being raped by the stepfather. It states that Facebook will donate a certain amount of money to the boys life saving operation for everyone who posts 'get well soon'. The picture is horrific, but the boy in it doesn't have any gunshot wounds hmm

It has over 30,000 people commenting Get Well Soon.

How do people believe this stuff?! One of the posters was my DM. I rang her and told her off. My DS was sitting next to me when I scrolled past on my phone and could have seen it. I told her it was rubbish. She said 'but what if it's not?' hmm

There was a worse one a few weeks ago with a video - I didn't watch it - but there was a very graphic still of a young boy, clearly very distressed, being restrained by a group of adults and, according to the blurb, forcibly tattooed at the request of the mother. It was horrible. The idea was fb was supposed to identify this mother so she could be out in jail. I was [shocked] that people think this will help?! It appeared six times in one night.

Just this evening I've seen the one about the dogs and stickers, the one supposedly by Bill Cosby, and the one about ponytails and rapists twice.

When I can get to a computer (on iPhone ATM) I'm closing my account.

CoteDAzur Wed 06-Mar-13 21:31:21

Belle shock Andi thought my feed was bad.

I'm really glad that I'm not friends with your friends.

gremlindolphin Wed 06-Mar-13 22:49:38

Just got another one - like this page and share it to get free Apple products!!

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 07-Mar-13 05:27:33

Chunkypickle - the one about people with ponytails being more likely to be attacked is actually true. I was recently on tv where research had been done with attackers who stated who they would and wouldn't attack. If you have an umbrella or some such implement then you are less likely to be attacked and also if you shout they are less likely. There was actually a really good summary that was circulated

DeepPurple - you were on TV? On a show about this?

Because I googled "rape myth ponytail" and got a lot of links. Including this one

leonardofquirm Thu 07-Mar-13 05:45:14

I get a few by email and Facebook and also let people know its a hoax.

I normally reply to email sender first, but seeing to whole group if necessary.

People really seem to believe anything? ? ?

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