The online world is much more gullible than it would ever admit.
A person named Pablo Reyes from Dallas, Texas, recently became an internet sensation after the world discovered one of his Facebook statuses dated back to Dec. 27, 2015.
The post contained some very particular predictions about the current year — like the deaths of Prince, Kimbo Slice and Muhammad Ali, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the impending election of Hillary Clinton as the next president and the world going crazy over the death of a gorilla.
Unsurprisingly, it immediately went viral, racking up more than 125,000 reactions and 176,000 shares. Thousands on Facebook dubbed him as some sort of social media Nostradamus.
But the question is, how did he manage to fool so many people?
As it turns out, Reyes actually posted the status on June 12, 2016. The post’s “edit history” on the upper-hand corner, which is visible to everyone who can see the post, clearly shows the correct date of the upload.
There is also another way to do this. Facebook offers its users a chance to post a backdated status, and once they click the publish button, it goes way back on their timelines. The social media giant also asks people if one wants to notify their friend-list about the status.
“I feel like people — I don’t want to call people dumb — but I think it’s up to the people to kind of make the decisions about what they hear and what they’re being told,” Reyes told BuzzFeed, noting how much it bothers him that people on Facebook believe everything they read.
As far as tricking the unassuming and usually cynical online world is concerned, Reyes used to work at popular fake news site Huzlers until recently.
“It’s hard for me to explain to you how I feel about the situation, but I think I blame people,” he added. “I kind of feel like people are to blame.”