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Beware Of False Claims Of Assaults At "Black Panther" Screenings

People are bad.

Posted on February 16, 2018, at 10:26 a.m. ET

Trolls on Twitter are trying to stoke outrage by making false claims of racially motivated assaults at screenings of Black Panther. For example, the photo in this tweet actually shows a 19-year-old Swedish woman who was assaulted at a bar last month.

Twitter / Via Twitter: @AsianWifeHaver

It has nothing to do with the film.

Some trolls are using images of battered women to make their false claims. This tweet includes photos of an 18-year-old woman who was locked in an apartment by her boyfriend and assaulted for four hours. He later pled guilty to two charges of assault.

Twitter / Via Twitter: @Hardcorial

This troll account used a photo of the ex-wife of former White House staffer Rob Porter.

Twitter / Via Twitter: @DSA_boi_pucci
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Here's a sample of the other kinds of tweets sent by the same account...

Twitter / Via Twitter: @DSA_Boi_Pucci

This Twitter user used a photo from 2009 to make a false claim about being assaulted at a showing. It's generated over 400 retweets.

Twitter / Via Twitter: @Kinda6t

Fortunately, many people on Twitter are calling out these false claims.

Fool child claims assault at #BlackPanther premiere, uses stock footage photo from 2009 as 'proof'. https://t.co/gEkreOlRcW

This Twitter user went viral by calling out some of the fakes.

Fake posts are being created to make black people look bad and the sad part of it is some people will believe them… https://t.co/WnhyinOrrw

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And a lot of people are outraged by this attempt to create division.

There's a bunch of people on here posting fake assault pictures and saying it was black teens at #BlackPanther showings. God I hate people.


Unfortunately, the fake tweets keep coming. This account used the name and photo of Paul Nehlen, a racist and anti-Semitic man in Wisconsin who is trying to defeat Rep. Paul Ryan in a Republican primary there. Nehlen's Twitter account was recently banned.

Twitter / Via Twitter: @NorthlandsOwn

The photo this tweet used is actually taken from a viral 2013 video made in Serbia that used special effects makeup to raise awareness about spousal abuse.

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This tweet made a false claim of an assault while including a video from a South Korean pop group called BlackPink.

Twitter / Via Twitter: @shaarmuta


Some troll accounts also tried to circulate claims that people in MAGA hats were attacking theatergoers at Black Panther screenings. Also not true.

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So, yeah, pretty much this...

Remember: If you see an image online and want to check where it came from, do a reverse image search. If you use Chrome as your browser, just right click on an image and select "Search Google for Image."

It's free and fast, and will help you fight back against fakes.

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