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Sharing inaccurate or deliberately faked images from disasters is extremely dangerous.
You can spread misinformation and enable chaos.
On Sunday, the head of social media at the White House, Dan Scavino Jr., shared videos as it made landfall in Florida.
Key Largo, Florida - stay indoors and be safe! Our President & Vice President are with you all. Heed advice of loca… https://t.co/JCK5ZYFBE4 — Dan Scavino Jr. Archived (@Dan Scavino Jr. Archived)
Miami Beach storm surge. Stay away! #HurricaneIrma https://t.co/puhPjvWNj6 — Dan Scavino Jr. Archived (@Dan Scavino Jr. Archived)
Scavino Jr. shared one video, which he claimed was from Miami International airport.
In the same tweet he also claimed to have shown the video to the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Picture: @Scavino45/Twitter and MotherJones screengrab
Miami International Airport tweeted to say the video shared by Scavino Jr. is not from the Florida airport.
@Scavino45 @realDonaldTrump @VP This video is not from Miami International Airport. — Miami Int'l Airport (@Miami Int'l Airport)
Scavino Jr.'s original tweet has since been deleted.
He responded to the airport's account, writing:
@iflymia @realDonaldTrump @VP Thank you. It was among 100s of videos/pics I am receiving re: Irma from public. In t… https://t.co/JANqEbLbGn — Dan Scavino Jr. Archived (@Dan Scavino Jr. Archived)
The video was actually filmed in Mexico City in August.
Así el @AICM_mx debido a la lluvia que cayó esta tarde-noche #Weseros https://t.co/ApFfYeeylm — Así El Weso (@Así El Weso)
Despite Scavino's mea culpa, Twitter still put in the hours to eviscerate him for sharing 'alternative facts'.
Trump administration attacks journalists for "fake news," but Scavino shares an actual fake video. How embarrassing. https://t.co/taSsk5fWGz — Cait Michelle (@Cait Michelle)
Attn White House Social Media Director, Dan Scavino – Again, this is not a photo of Miami International Airport. https://t.co/tRSc159ZXa — Chuck Groundhog (@Chuck Groundhog)
@Scavino45 @JesseRodriguez @iflymia @realDonaldTrump @VP Try CNN. They are not fake ! — Therese (@Therese)
@Scavino45 @iflymia @realDonaldTrump @VP Got you, Fake news distributor. #Fakenews https://t.co/NFEmh1shyO — Simon Kerckhoffs (@Simon Kerckhoffs)
@Scavino45 @iflymia @realDonaldTrump @VP https://t.co/N7mA1zxctD — Kirk (@Kirk)
Always check before retweeting.
HT Mother Jones
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