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Manchester attack: social media trolls and fake news

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Manchester attack: social media trolls and fake news

The British Prime Minister Theresa May praised the good work of the emegency services following the Manchester attack, which occurred at the end of an Ariana Grande concert

In addition, the hashtag #RoomForManchester was trending on social media following the deadly explosion, with locals offering beds, food and rides to those in need.

But there was another darker side that emerged as social media was swamped with misleading reports of missing children.

One post in particular was a collage that showed 25 young men and women who were supposed to be missing following the concert. It was retweeted more than 14,000 times.

It was soon exposed to be a fake. The mother of Gem Devine, Rachel, was surprised to see pictures of her daugher being circulated on the collage as missing when she was, in fact, safe at school.

The Melbourne mum told the Hit Network in Australia: “I have no idea who stole her image or why. My thoughts are with those who are actually searching for loved ones.”

It was soon backed up by Twitter user @FluffyGrande who confirmed that the tweet was fake.

Youtuber The Report of the Week was also in the collage and he immediately shared a video saying that he was alive and well.

The twitter account owner, Caroline @actlikeyouluv, who posted the collage, claims she was simply retweeting a tweet that she herself saw online.
But while trolls and fake accounts shared false photos and fake news, others used the web to help reunite friends and families.

Alaya Ryan was found unharmed following pleas from friend Zelie Grey.

And it was the kindness of strangers who won the day by offering beds, food and car rides for those affected by the blast.

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