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Fake News: Baby Emree In Texas Is NOT Currently Fighting For His Life

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:21:11 Z)

Was a baby in Texas involved in a horrible car accident and is he currently fighting for his life so he needs likes and prayers? No, that's not true: in September 2019 someone made a Facebook post with photos from a 2016 accident lifted from a Twitter account and got almost 6,000 shares, close to 3,000 reactions and over a hundred comments on it. But the baby is fine and has been home since October 2016.

The photos and prayer request went viral via a post (archived here) published on September 9, 2019 with following caption:

This baby was involved in a horrible car accident and is fighting for his life

Can you please like and say a prayer please don't ignore

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3124403347634598

This is the Facebook post in question:

The photos seem to have been taken from this tweet (archived here):

The baby appears to be the cousin of the woman running the Twitter account (tweet archived here):

In subsequent tweets she kept her followers up to date on the status of little Emree:

Fortunately it all ended well (tweet archived here):

It is unclear why someone from Chicago, Illinois (according to her Facebook profile) would post old pictures taken by someone in Texas in 2016 and request likes and prayers on it.

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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