The Bomb of Missing People

by ruthgebreyes1 on February 13, 2018 - 2:54pm

Elena Cresci is a young woman who attended Cardiff University and received a diploma in Journalism and also attended Swansea University in English Literature and German.I would consider Cresci a reliable source based on her education level and experiences working for The Guardian and Channel 4 News. This can be seen as a credible source that can be taken seriously.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/26/the-story-behind-the-fake-manchester-attack-victims   

 

Elena Cresci wrote an article on May 26, 2017 about an unidentified man who detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester venue, killing 22 and injuring at least 59. The Manchester Police confirmed that children are among the deceased. Elena discussed the main issue with this event which is that multiple people took it upon themselves to write about stories on social media platforms about this horrific event despite it being false.

These individuals who published on social media are implying that a number of victims have gone missing, making these post go viral. Multiple pictures and descriptions of the “victims” were added such as: “Help my sister is missing in #Munich, she was working in McDonalds when the shooting started”

 

Finding the original first post who have claimed a missing person during the Manchester Terror Attack is impossible. Thousands of people have followed along the original post and continued adding missing people which makes it hard to trace the person who had started originally. Meanwhile the Guardian pressed found people who had followed the original post, such as @Gamergateantifa who said it was mainly about fooling the media: “It has become sort of a competition of who can fool the news”

 

All these posts follow a single pattern which is selecting a “victim” at random. Most of the people tweeting about the missing individuals have no idea who the person in the photo really is, some are not even from Manchester.For example, Rachel Devine who had just come out of surgery received a message from a friend asking if her daughter Gemma was ok. Someone had seen a post claiming she was at the concert.This was strange, because Devine knew Gemma was not in Manchester; she was at her school in Melbourne, Australia.

Now, you may ask “Doesn’t Twitter have some kind of accountability?” Well, many of the hoax tweets were taken down, or the accounts behind them suspended, but not all of them. There are some suspected fake accounts which form part of news reports. The Guardian contacted Twitter for clarification on their policy around this particular trend. They refused to comment. Some individuals say that Twitter should have done more to avoid the situation, since it is affecting innocent peoples lives not physically but rather emotionally.