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There is an unfortunate trend of fake images being shared online in the wake of disasters.
They are usually shared for the sake of attention and retweets.
It's a shallow and quite frankly unforgivable act that was sadly prevalent after the Manchester terror attack in May.
Unfortunately this obsession has begun to rear it's ugly head again in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
The Texas city has been left flooded by the storm with fresh rainfall reaching at least 30 inches deep.
The Washington Postreport that at least five people have died as a result of the hurricane.
Despite this, fake images, supposedly taken in Houston have been popping up all over social media.
The most outrageous of these allegedly shows Houston Airport submerged underwater.
If you see this picture on Twitter today, it's fake.
#HurricaneHarvey #Houston… https://t.co/WViD599aS9 — Chris Kitching (@Chris Kitching)
It was initially shared by the Twitter account Breaking News Live but they were soon criticised and deleted the image.
To make the situation even more embarrassing, photos from the actual airport have surfaced which show that it is completely dry inside but very cold.
@CNN @FoxNews Houston airport freezing their customers. This woman is one of the lucky ones. They won't let me get… https://t.co/AHgmgxdaC5 — alschuch (@alschuch)
Another picture, which always crops up whenever there is a flood is of a shark swimming down a highway next to a car.
Believe it or not, this is a shark on the freeway in Houston, Texas. #HurricaneHarvy https://t.co/ANkEiEQ3Y6 — Jason Michael (@Jason Michael)
This was also swiftly debunked as nothing but a hoax.
That photo of a shark swimming on a flooded highway in Houston? It's a fake, and a very old one too.… https://t.co/XuL2fo6Oz6 — Christiaan Triebert (@Christiaan Triebert)
Finally, another image, which hasn't been as widely shared, shows how looters have exploited the chaos left by Harvey.
It was 100 percent no way linked to Houston and was also exposed as a lie.
2 horrible people:
Anyone looting in #Houston after #Harvey
Anyone posting fake photos of looting after… https://t.co/kThUWcL1gb — Cameron Gray (@Cameron Gray)
If you do happen to see any questionable images from Houston on Twitter think about them before you decide to click the retweet button.
Consider the people that have lost their lives as a consequence of the flood and the thousands that have been made homeless.
Furthermore, the real images are far more shocking than anything someone could knock together on Photoshop.
HT TwitterWashington PostMirror
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