Mia Morris (7A) gets to the bottom of a horrible hoax doing the rounds online.
A message posted on Facebook detailing how 16 people died riding a rollercoaster at Universal Studios has been shown to be false. The scammers even decided to put a fake picture on the social network site to make it look more realistic, although the image itself seemed pretty unbelievable. It reported that thrillseekers were sent plummeting to the ground – a story which was not substantiated by official news channels. A quick Google search soon revealed it to be false, with some websites even offering instructions on how to delete the spam post.
The hoax has existed online for more than a month, but was noticed by Facebook users again last week. Similar rollercoaster hoaxes have been posted in the past as bait for scams by linking to online videos.