Sorry to disappoint millions of monster-hunters, but the picture that has been spread far and wide across the internet (and even into many newspapers) is *not* of the Loch Ness Monster.
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The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has understandably perplexed the world.
But think and check your facts before sharing content online. You might not only be in danger of looking like you’ve been duped, but helping to compound someone’s heartache.
A news story claims that a seven-year-old boy has been abducted after his mother installed the Talking Angela app on her iPhone.
But should you believe it? And, most importantly, should you forward the story to others?
I was thinking that things were already bonkers enough with the “Talking Angela” app hoax that has spread widely across the internet.
And then I got the strangest phone call…
A warning spreads on Facebook about “Talking Angela”, a smartphone app that gives your children some animated cat chat.
But it’s all too simple for people to share warnings - rather than check if the facts are true.
It has been revealed that a right-wing group is responsible for a sick hoax, claiming that a six-year-old girl has been kidnapped by an Asian grooming gang.
A hoax spreads on WhatsApp telling users to forward a warning to all of their friends, or risk having their account deactivated.
I guess you can tell that a social messaging service has become popular with the masses when the hoaxes and chain letters begin to spread in fury.
Users of WhatsApp, the immensely popular instant messaging app for smartphones, are being duped into spreading a hoax message to their friends and contacts - claiming that the service will begin to charge for every message sent.
Everyone likes a laugh, but it’s not always quite so funny if you’re not in on the joke.
Take, for example, the Secret Bitcoin Mining hoax…
Is your iPhone safe from pictures of giraffes?
The latest virus hoax spreading on Facebook says it’s not.
A new virus hoax is spreading on Facebook, shared by well-intentioned users who believe they are warning their friends and family about a threat - but, in reality, are just adding to the noise.
A hoax chain letter is being spread across Facebook, between users who believe that the social network is asking their opinion about whether it should implemention video adverts or not.
An alarmist warning has spread across Facebook once again, proving once again that many users are far too willing to pass on warnings without checking their facts with a reputable source.
Messages are being spread by breathless fans of Justin Bieber that the pop star has died in a car crash. The posts, which are being shared on Facebook and Twitter, claim to link to a breaking news story.
But with a little tinkering, you can make it Zaphod Beeblebrox who dies instead…
Facebook users are getting confused about privacy once again (who can blame them?), and are sharing a warning containing inaccurate advice.
Has any security researcher confirmed the existence of the WhatsApp worm?
Or are journalists basing reports on a single Android blogger’s experience?