In the wake of Hurricane Sandy many photos were shared through social media, specifically Twitter and Facebook, the only problem is that some of them were fake.
The storm nicknamed "Frankenstorm" for hitting near the ghoulish Halloween holiday hit New York on Monday. As winds began to knock over trees and rain flooded the land, fake pictures of her damage began to go viral on the Internet.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told Poynter.org via a spokeswoman, "There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag #sandy — most are images of people prepping for the storm and images of scenes outdoors."
Though some of them were legitmate photos of hanging gutters, uprooted trees and flooded streets, the most incredible photos were actually not credible at all.
Upon seeing the outrageous images, people automatically shared the jaw-dropping photos before checking the facts.
The popular image of the "Tomb of the Unknown" soldier was not taken on Monday when it was said to have been shot. The picture was taken during a previous rain storm.
Reports said that soldiers were told to take refuge during Hurricane Sandy, but instead decided to stand guard infront of their post. The Old Guard revealed the picture was taken during September, Mashable reported. After a Facebook page was made for the photo, it soon went viral.
While a picture was taken of a soldier infront of the "Tomb of the Unknown" soldier on Monday morning, it was not the one that went viral. Ther was only one man in the photograph and there wasn't even any rain. The guard is walking past the tomb, as watchmen are supposed to do.
One of the most popular photos to hit the web was the Statue of Liberty standing strong against the strong winds of "Hurricane Sandy." It's a moving photo when it seems like lady Liberty is able to take a beating from big bad Sandy, but the only problem with that viral picture is that it is a screen shot from "The Day After Tomorrow;" the apocalyptic movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
The image of the clouds over the Empire State Building is a real photo, however it has nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy. The picture was taken over a year ago and first appeared on the Wall Street Journal in 2011.
Lady Liberty was made out to be in trouble again when she was photographed with clouds swirling around her crown. It's a similar story to the Empire State Building photo, except this picture was taken in 2004 by photographer, Mike Hollingshead.
Internet users were fooled again if they believe that the ominous clouds surrounding the George Washington Bridge were taken on Monday. The original photo was shot in 2009 by Getty photographers.
Lastly, it was believed that a McDonalds in Virigina Beach had been flooded. But, nothing to worry about. The restaurant will still be able to serve Big Macs and chicken nuggets since the picture was actually an art installation that dates back to 2009.
Even though some of the most popular pictures were fake, a picture of a trampoline hanging on power lines in Long Island is very real, as is the damage that many people sustained to their homes and property.
Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news for the International Business Times....
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