Tagged With hoax

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Did you see that story about a five-year-old boy and his dying wish to see Santa Claus? Of course you did. The heartbreaking tale has been seen and heard by millions of people around the world. It went viral earlier this week when it was retold by virtually every major news outlet. The only problem? It's almost certainly fake.

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Every time a natural disaster hits, we see plenty of fake photos on social media. And with Hurricane Matthew currently hitting Florida, there are lots of fake images currently doing the rounds. The short version: If you see a photo of sharks in the streets, it's probably fake.

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Did you see that video of a knife-wielding crab that went viral recently? Sadly, it's a hoax. The Washington Post spoke with an expert, and the whole thing was definitely staged. The crab didn't pick up the knife itself. In reality, the blade was almost certainly jammed into the crab's claw, and the crab can't let go.

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The truth is out there. And by "out there" I mean anywhere but the internet. We see hundreds of images flash in front of our eyes every month. But these are the ones you might have seen recently that deserve a second look. Because they're all fake.