The Hull Daily Mail is infamous for publishing sensational and fake news stories. Earlier this week, they published a false narrative about the Manchester bomber. According to the report, the bomber was a Jihadist extremist radicalized by watching terrorist videos on YouTube. The bomber was a 19-year-old man with no ties to terrorism whatsoever. This false story has caused immense harm to the community of Manchester, and it is up to us as citizens to call out these types of publications for what they are: propaganda tools used to further political agendas. We are all responsible for standing up against hate and misinformation when we see fake news stories spreading online.
The Hull Daily Mail Publishes Fake News Story About Manchester Bomber
On Tuesday, the Hull Daily Mail published a story about Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber. Reports indicate that Abedi was a regular at The Pub in Wigan, a local bar and restaurant, where he was reportedly spotted before and after the bombing.
However, according to several sources who spoke to Sky News, The Pub does not exist. It’s an online hoax circulating on social media for years. As far back as 2016, Gizmodo reported on the fake pub and how it had started to spread online.
The Hull Daily Mail has since apologized for publishing the fake news story and removed it from its website.
The Story Behind the Fake News Story
The Hull Daily Mail published a fake news story about the Manchester bomber. The article, published on Monday, claimed that Salman Abedi had been arrested in Cardiff in March 2015 and was due to be deported to Libya. However, this is not true. The article has since been removed from the Hull Daily Mail’s website and shared widely on social media.
Salman Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 and was registered as living at an address in Whalley Range, Manchester side. A suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night killed 22 people and injured dozens more.
The Damage Caused by the Fake News Story
The Hull Daily Mail published a fake news story on Tuesday, April 18, claiming that Manchester bomber Salman Abedi had ties to the Islamic State terrorist group. The report shared thousands of times on social media claimed that Abedi traveled to Syria in 2016 and fought for IS alongside other militants. However, the BBC and independent sources have debunked the claim, noting that Abedi never left the UK and did not travel to Syria. The Daily Mail has since deleted the story from its website.
How to Avoid Becoming Victims of Fake News
There is no easy way to avoid becoming victims of fake news, but there are some simple steps you can take to help protect yourself.
The first step is to be aware of the signs that something might be a fake news story. Look for highly sensational stories with little evidence to back them up, or they are just plain controversial for no good reason.
If you see a story on social media or your news feed that you don’t believe is true, try to research it yourself. Check out different sources and see if you can find any corroborating information.
If you still believe the information is fake, please don’t share it with others. Instead, use your voice to spread awareness about how easy it is to fall victim to Fake News stories.
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