A string of social media accounts have shared a photo of a dismal meal, claiming it was served to people sheltering from Hurricane Harvey by the disaster relief nonprofit the Red Cross.
The meal in question was from a 2014 serving in a school in Chickasha, Oklahoma, which caused outrage when a student shared the photo with her parents.
Accounts have been sharing the false photo of cauliflower, ham, processed cheese and crackers.
However, as Kelly Tyco, a reporter for the TC Palm newspaper reported, the real red cross meals included a hamburger, french fries and fresh fruit and vegetables.
False rumours also sprung up that the Red Cross were charging for services and that they threw away hundreds of pounds in donations.
The nonprofit directly adressed these rumours on Facebook statement:
On this page, we embrace the exchange of different ideas and points of view. And during times of disaster, we know that emotions run high and misinformation is quick to spread. But these accusations (theft, charging for services, denying assistance) not only derail the efforts of so many workers providing aid, they divert resources away from our core mission: to deliver relief. The countless hours spent addressing malicious falsehoods ultimately risk hurting those we’re trying to serve.
So for those of you who doubt our credibility, we have one thing to say to you: Join us. Sign up. Put on a Red Cross vest and volunteer at one of our shelters, blood drives or events. We welcome your service.
For those with complaints, provide specifics so that we may follow up to ensure our services are adequately meeting needs and measuring up to the standards we expect and communities deserve. We take legitimate criticisms seriously.
But for those of you determined to perpetuate hatred, rumors, misinformation or lies, you’ll have to excuse us for not addressing you, as we’ve got important work to do to provide help to those in need.
Fake News surrounding Harvey was substantial, with a number of images being shared that were old hoaxes or new fakes.
Always reverse image search.