Hurricane Sandy spawns social media fails such as old Tomb of Unknown Soldier photo

Social media has been a critical channel for people to get real-time information in mega-events like Hurricane Sandy. The challenge is that with people getting trigger-happy with the retweet and share buttons. It only takes a moment for a phony image or new nugget to spread across people’s social media streams.

There are two big ones today.

The first is a photo of soldiers continuing to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Touching, except numerous people have pointed out the photo is from September:

The other big fake is this startling, but photoshopped image of the New York skyline:



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  • ED

    Oooh, ooh! Raises hand. That last shot of ominious cloud over NYC. Shouldn’t the evil aliens being descending shortly, only to be taken out by Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith? 😉