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# 1 : Friday 23-3-2012 @ 23:09
 
Intrepid
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Are you annoyed by Facebook hoaxes that clog up your newsfeed?

Or do you pass them on?

Here is one example:
Michael Anthony Burdis. According to the Facebook photo captions:
This is Michael Anthony Burdis - watch out for him in all rescue centres as he's trying to get his hands on a dog to use as bait in dog fighting! Please share this far and wide - we have to stop this evil man!


It's gone viral. People are spreading it via their Facebook walls.

While I am against dog fighting I googled it and only two sources came up: Facebook and this one:
http://www.thatsnonsense.com/view.php?id=1522&keywords=Michael%20 etc ...
An interesting section in this:
Whilst Scruples Whippet Resuce have confirmed that someone of that name did enquire about a dog, it has not been confirmed that the enquiry was related to illegal dog fighting OR that the man in the photo accompanying the message is the man in question. Scruples did not release a photo or account of the person in question.

It is generally not recommended for social networkers to circulate such messages, as it is potentially dangerous for people who share that name and even more dangerous for the person in the photo, regardless of the message`s accuracy and authenticity. Messages like this encourage social networkers to pass on potentially damaging messages without checking the facts first, which is highly irresponsible - as highlighted by the case of Thierry Mairot where hundreds of thosands of Facebook users passed around false rumours claiming Mr. Mairot was a sexual predator, something that was very damaging to people who shared that name.
Passing around irresponsible and potentially inaccurate messages like the one above will inevitably create online lynch mobs and possibly cause wrongful "vigilante justice" on individuals who share the name quoted in the message.

If you would like to help, make sure your local dog rescue centres in the UK are aware of the name. However circulating unverified and potentially inaccurate information will inevitably only cause problems.


This is only one of many such hoaxes that circulate on Facebook. Or is it a hoax?

As an animal lover, I would like to see an end to dog fighting, but how do I know for sure that this is the right way to go about it?

I full agree with this:

However circulating unverified and potentially inaccurate information will inevitably only cause problems.


What do you think?

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# 2 : Friday 23-3-2012 @ 23:16
 
tripper
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I never pass on chain messages. They are 99.9*% bullshit. I do encourage people to post links to information regarding missing people though.

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# 3 : Friday 23-3-2012 @ 23:18
 
Intrepid
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That's the thing, convincing people of the futility in posting chain messages.

This hoax I use as an example in the OP, is very clever, as it offers an ethical dilemma, to spread or not to spread.

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# 4 : Saturday 24-3-2012 @ 08:19
 
Mango
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I just ignore crap like that

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# 5 : Saturday 24-3-2012 @ 09:44
 
blaH
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This has always been my take on chain mail, I reply to them! (To the sender only)
(You will recognize the font I think)

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Edited By Blah, 24 March 2012, 09:45

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# 6 : Sunday 25-3-2012 @ 17:11
 
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# 7 : Wednesday 4-4-2012 @ 14:48
 
Superfour
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I just pass them by when I'm online.
What I find more annoying is friend updates that go something like...
'I have the best son/daughter/mom/sister/friend/brother in the world and I'm so grateful that they are in my... blah blah blah blah'

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# 8 : Wednesday 4-4-2012 @ 16:04
 
Gollumfarrell
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Superfour said :
I just pass them by when I'm online.
What I find more annoying is friend updates that go something like...
'I have the best son/daughter/mom/sister/friend/brother in the world and I'm so grateful that they are in my... blah blah blah blah'


How is your amazing girlfriend?

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# 9 : Wednesday 4-4-2012 @ 16:14
 
Superfour
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