Image of car crash victim used in false posts across US Facebook groups

Published on 31/01/2023 at 12:44

Facebook users in the US and elsewhere have shared the picture of a woman in a hospital bed with claims that she was brutally mugged and authorities needed help to identify her. But the story is false: the woman survived a car accident in 2016, in which the driver was killed. The incident was covered by major US media outlets. The victim’s road to recovery was well-documented on social media; a year after the crash, she recorded a Facebook Live to thank her supporters. AFP Fact Check has previously drawn attention to the trend of sensationalist or panic-inducing posts being spread in US groups to increase followers or obtain personal data from users.