Another week, another prankster out to trick everyone on Facebook. The latest sham comes in the form of a fake Twitter post that looks like it came from NASA.
The post claims that everyone will be weightless at a specific time. Which is, of course, really exciting to see on your social media feeds.
Recently, I've noticed that all of the "satire" that we've seen on social media have been getting less funny and more — well — fake.
The fake tweet came from a site called Daily Buzz Live. I'm worried that Daily Buzz Live, and other sites like it, will make people less trustworthy of news in general.
Here's the tweet as it appeared on thousands of Facebook users' feeds.
The tweet, which was Photoshopped to look like it had come from NASA's official Twitter account, reads: January 4th, 9:47 AM PST, the long awaited planetary alignment will cause a gravitational fluctuation that will leave you weightless for a short period of time #beready
This isn't a joke. This is a cry for attention. The people behind this post wanted to trick you into clicking and they discovered that the best way to do it was to lie.
Look out for Daily Buzz Live and sites like it. Make sure that you're getting your news from a trustworthy source before you go out and share a shady post on Facebook.
Not enough Facebook hoaxes for you? Check out some hoaxes that that:
- Target Oscar Pistorius supporters
- Tricked people into thinking that Facebook was banning religion
- Convinced Facebook users that Facebook was starting a 'drug task force'