Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 29, 2012
Earlier today, we told you about a photo being circulated around Twitter that purportedly showed sentinels guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while being pelted by rain from Hurricane Sandy. While the photo itself was authentic, it had actually been taken during another storm last month. Today alone, Twitterers have been fooled by several photos falsely being attributed to Hurricane Sandy.
A dramatic weather event like Hurricane Sandy lends itself well to rampant Photoshopping and manipulation. Here are some of the biggest Sandy photo hoaxes:
As this Twitterer points out, that photo is actually a still taken from the crappy global warming disaster flick “The Day After Tomorrow”:
This incredible photo has been getting a ton of buzz on Twitter:
She was right to be suspicious. Photoshopping, anyone?
Apparently I got duped. Not real, which is disappointing? RT @VivekRamgopal: @LakersNation @joshbtucker It's a fake one blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_pos…—
Josh Tucker (@joshbtucker) October 29, 2012
It’s worth noting that Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski was among the most enthusiastic tweeters of fake Sandy photos. Mysteriously, his tweets touting the photos seem to have disappeared. Funny, that. Buzzfeed put out a real-versus-fake quiz of Hurricane Sandy photos and made no mention of his errors. Fortunately, some of his tweets have been preserved for posterity here.
Kaczynski is now attempting to cover his tracks by pushing out blatantly fake photos:
Nice try, Andrew. But next time, just admit you messed up.
Fake photo fatigue is already setting in, and Twitterers are hoping that the hoax storm weakens quickly:
Most pictures of Sandy on Facebook today are fake: photoshops, or pictures from past storms. So, fact-check before posting, please.—
Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ) October 29, 2012
Stop retweeting those stupid, fake hurricane sandy pages. It's not even funny—
bri. (@iAmBeeAreEye_) October 29, 2012
Why are people still putting up all these fake pics of "sandy in newyork city" lol the pics are from a previous storm dumb fucks.—
Paul Yokemick (@PaulY196) October 29, 2012
All these fake, outdated pictures of "Sandy" are driving me insane. Check your facts people.—
GSU Belle (@TheGSUbelle) October 29, 2012
Already I'm annoyed at the number of fake Sandy pictures on Twitter. Get it together, people.—
Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 29, 2012
Pretty much every pic of Hurricane Sandy I've seen is apparently fake. Scary how these things spread unchecked on Twitter.—
Laurence Green (@LaurenceTGreen) October 29, 2012
Fucking hell, people. Quit tweeting fake pics of Sandy.—
Michele (@book_faerie) October 29, 2012