When it comes to Bigfoot sightings, I’ll be the first one to get excited and want to go in search of the great furry mystery. If I see a post on social media, I go right to the source and want to know more.
Once, one of my high school friends posted a photo of something he saw while on a run. It looked like a silhouette of Bigfoot in a field. From the text in the post, I couldn’t tell if he was serious or joking. On closer inspection, I could see it was only a huge wooden cut out Bigfoot, and nothing more. I imagined it was funny for passerby’s, like my friend. From far away, the cut-out looked pretty real.
I noticed that his post had been shared many times. But by the looks of some of the comments, they thought his ‘sighting’ was a real one. It’s hard telling just how far his intended tough-in-cheek post traveled on social media.
Similarly, this is what happened with this post from the Facebook page, The Georgetown Insider. A friend, knowing my love of Bigfoot sightings, took a screenshot of a the wording in the ‘community alert.’
Here is the text from the post.
I thought, WOW, this is incredible. So, I went to the page to get more details. Once on the page, I discovered this in the About Section of the page.
This is a parody and satire publication. As much as we wish that these stories were true, they are not. Our full disclaimer can be found in each publication, as well as elsewhere on our site. Enjoy!
So, the post was only for fun, but it was shared almost 30K times. You can’t blame those who shared. Unless you know to look for the fines details, you would miss the fact that this story is made up. The text and photos are really good. See the very convincing photos, HERE. They aren’t great, but let’s just say, I’ve seen worse photos that people believed were definite sightings.
It’s funny I also assumed, like my friend, that it was Georgetown, KY, but when you look at the page, it never says where Georgetown located. The Georgetown Insider is just a name.
Just remember, before you share something you see on social media, do some research and read the fine print.
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