(The Washington Post)– As Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast, fake news is beginning rear its ugly head.
Currently there is a post circulating on social media that says Florence “now contains sharks.” It should go without saying that this is not true. But just in case you need to read it here…IT’S NOT TRUE.
Shark hoaxes are fairly common during natural disasters involving flooding. As a matter of fact, last year the same thing happened with Hurricane Harvey.
The Washington Post is reporting that the image originates from a pretty well-known fake TV still generator, Break Your Own News. Normally, the image bears a prominent watermark indicating the source, but some have blurred it out before sharing.