It is impossible not to be aware of the disaster and devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused when it barreled the East Coast of New York. With 24-hour news coverage of the superstorm, there are endless photos and videos being shared via social media. But , beware not all of them are real!
On Monday night, as people attempted to find information on the damage that Sandy had caused on the East coast of America, most of them were misinformed by these fake photos..
Rumors and misleading photos quickly overtook Twitter and are still featured on Facebook, as people share the most shocking and occasionally untrue stories about the powerful storm.
One of the photos circulating widely shows a flooded McDonald with Ronald McDonald floating with trash. The image originally came from a video by Superflexcalled "Flooded McDonald's."
Some photos uploaded by Kevin P. McCarty of New Jersey on Facebook are hard to believe and you'll have to judge them for yourself. An image that he has posted of flooding shows what appears to be a shark in the water outside of his home. Decide yourself if he is bluffing or not!
Other photos that circulate are of the statue of liberty surrounded in waves. Is Lady Liberty really about to float away? Not exactly, as the image is a wallpaper from the film The Day After Tomorrow.
The photo of Statue of Liberty with the threatening eye of the hurricane above her head is one of the most retweeted photos of Hurricane Sandy. This fake image is a combination of two photos i.e. one is of the Statue of Liberty, and the other is of a thunderstorm over Nebraska in 2004.
There are also photos of clouds over the George Washington Bridge, which connects New York and New Jersey. While the photo of the bridge is real, it's from 2009.
Similar photos of clouds swallowing up the Empire State Building is fake as it happened more than a year ago and appeared on the Wall Street Journal in 2011.
It is important to mention here that in situations like natural disasters even the most responsible and credible news sources fall victim to misinformation.
An incident of such misinformation was recently witnessed when a meteorologist told CNN's Piers Morgan that the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange was under 3ft of water.The story lasted for several minutes and later CNN reported that the story may have been unconfirmed. On Twitter, journalists who had put in calls to the New York Stock Exchange confirmed that the story was wrong.
Within hours most of these photos were dubbed as ‘fake’ and disapproved. . In the meantime, recovery efforts are now in effect, but rumors will continue to multiply as people try to keep themselves up to date!