Today the internet caused quite a bit of a scare for Peyton Manning fans. They web claimed that he had, been in an accident in which he had broken his legs. However, please be advised that no such accident has taken place and that Denver Broncos quarterback is alive and well and most of all was not even in an accident. Peyton Manning report about his car accident is an Internet Hoax. Apparently somebody on the net started this rumor through a fake news site, and it was quickly picked up by many blogs and on twitter. This is certainly a prime example of how the internet can be used to discredit someone or to declare that they have had an accident when it is absolutely not the case.
On Wednesday the Global Associated News reported: “A spokesperson for the Denver highway safety authority (HSA) has confirmed that Peyton Manning has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation. He has been transported via ambulance to a local Denver hospital for treatment, and the full extent of his injuries are not known at this time, however, both of his legs were visibly broken and not life threatening according to sources. The accident involved a 2012 BMW driven by Peyton Manning and a 76-year-old female driver in a 2010 Audi. The driver of the Audi was issued a citation for failing to stop at a red light before striking the vehicle driven by Peyton Manning at a high rate of speed.” However, don’t be alarmed: the whole report about his car accident is an Internet Hoax.
The confusion started with this so-called entertainment site. They also included a lot of details and portayed the story in such a real life version that it seems plausible. However, the site does come with a disclaimer and it clearly states that all of its news is completely fabricated and fake. The reason why the story seemed legit was because the site uses a story “generator” which combines all kinds of factual issues with nonsense. The users of the site might be to blame in a way, because they have been asked to enter a name of a famous person in a blank ‘non-specific’ template which then generates this fake news story.
Peyton Manning is not the first internet hoax victim, the past month Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and a Carolina Panther’s quarterback were chosen by the public to feature in a similar fake story. However they were not in a news story about a supposed car accident.
What is your opinion? Are these stories fun and should they be considered entertainment? Or is there enough confusion already making it best to stick to the facts and not confuse people with so-called news stories, which look so legitimate some people actually believe the “news?” Therefore, confirming that the Peyton Manning report about his car accident is an Internet Hoax. Would you like to enter some famous persons name into the blank field and see what happens? It does gives us a great insight into how the internet world works. It might even be away for you to gauge how gullible and well-informed your friends and family really are. They next time you know who you can believe and who believes everything they read.
By Georgina Pijttersen