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About facebook missing person appeals?

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notundermyfoof Wed 30-Oct-13 20:51:29

Aibu to wish that people would check whether the person is still missing before "sharing" on their wall? Just lately I have noticed a lot of posts on facebook asking people to please share this picture and look out for this person missing since x etc, only to then find that they were found a few hours and in one case 2 days before the picture was shared! I'm not very good with technology but I managed to find out in about 2 minutes by reading the comments on the picture that the person has been found but some people just repost without even checking. Its obviously great to hear that they are home safe but it really annoys me that people can't just check! I know iabu for using fb in the first place btw!

Yeah, this bugs me too. And not just missing people, all sorts of obvious (to me) scams.
I used to pm to inform them they were being twats, now I just comment on the things they share.

DontPanicMrMannering Wed 30-Oct-13 21:02:43

Oh I hate that too, my friend shared a little girl who was "kidnapped by an Asian Grooming Gang" yea of course she was you idiot!

1 Google turned up it was fake from a far right source and the picture was actually a (very very good) painting hmm

Also the missing dog ones.

Sorry people but your Dogs a goner and Facebook isn't fixing that <<harsh>>

GiveItYourBestFucker Wed 30-Oct-13 21:03:46

They can be malicious as well - I read that an estranged father used a FB appeal to find his daughter. Who had fled with his wife to a women's refuge. Well-meaning people on FB shard the post until they were recognised. Always worth checking that the person is actually missing.

Spaulding Wed 30-Oct-13 21:08:32

YANBU. I have a FB friend who must have been on some kind of Missing Persons Sharing Spree the other day. Post after post of "missing people". One of them was the Asian Grooming one DontPanicMrMannering mentioned above. It was obvious to me the photo wasn't real as that is what made me click on it in the first place! It takes two seconds to Google these people's names or read the comments.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Wed 30-Oct-13 21:12:55

I only share the picture the police facebook page post.

OHforDUCKScake Wed 30-Oct-13 21:20:44

Yes I saw the fake photo/picture/asian grooming gang one too.

It was reposted by my mixed race friend, when I googled it because it looked dodgy it transpired it was a hoax made by a racist group.


Wishfulmakeupping Wed 30-Oct-13 21:23:44

Yabu when its a real actual missing person its a quick way of raising awareness to a huge number of people

notundermyfoof Wed 30-Oct-13 21:27:00

Oh god giveityourbestfucker that would never have even crossed my mind! How awful that these people are not just making themselves look stupid they can potentially be putting people at risk! I do occasionally repost these things but only after googling to make sure that it is genuine and that they haven't already been found.

notundermyfoof Wed 30-Oct-13 21:31:53

Wishful I totally agree with you but its not helpful after the person has been found and it is quite easy to check before reposting!

DontPanicMrMannering Thu 31-Oct-13 00:51:25

Good point giveityourbest that's awful!

GiveItYourBestFucker Thu 31-Oct-13 09:30:11

It wouldn't have crossed my mind either until I read the story - I think it was in Metro. sad it's also one of the reasons to be careful about posting class photos etc on FB.

Mrsb999 Thu 31-Oct-13 09:44:58

The one about reversing your PIN number to alert the police pisses me off, I've given up commenting that it's a hoax as people just get defensive about it!

Lilka Thu 31-Oct-13 11:00:52

YANBU at all

Don't repost something that doesn't come from an official reliable source

Malicious ex partners who have lost custody of their kids/malicious ex partners trying to stalk their ex will and do create fake missing person images and try and get it circulated

I'm an adoptive mum, and it's also a worry for the adoption community - some angry birth parents also create missing child pages and posts to share on facebook, to try and track down a child who was removed from their care and needs to be kept safe from them. I was looking at one only yesterday

Repeat - don't share anything not originally from an official or reliable source (eg. Police etc)

Strumpetron Thu 31-Oct-13 11:02:41

There's one woman on my facebook who posts every single fucking thing she looks at and I keep telling her it's fake, don't fall for it, check HoaxSlayer first... but nope.

And she actually seems to get pissed off that its fake. Surely you'd be happy that the missing child isn't actually missing..

Thisismyfirsttime Thu 31-Oct-13 11:33:43

Oh God, My sister does this. And the warnings from the police that are photo's of printed paper with no letterhead, are half in American spelling and have the most appalling spelling and grammar. But of course they're genuine and must be reposted so no-one she knows gets murdered/ abducted by these people who are going around doing unspeakable things that haven't been reported in the mainstream media. GRRRRRRR!!!

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