The best way to respond to internet hoaxers...
|Sammy The Seagull with his face pixellated to protect his privacy.|
To me, the art of bluffery should only be used for playing good natured tricks on people and having a bit of daft fun. The best way to deal with an online hoax like this therefore is probably the way one facebook friend responded to it, i.e. by posting the following message:
"I give facebook permission to make all the people that have cluttered my facebook page with this privacy hoax rubbish to be custard pied and hit over the head with black puddings until they die with embarrassment for being gullible suckers."
In this case it's just a daft hoax with no real consequences, but the potential danger of online gullibility is something I mention in the introduction to my book, 'True Or False: A Light-Hearted Collection Of 100 Facts And Bluffs'. Unfortunately nowadays there are some people who use the internet to write stories which are sneakily designed to manipulate people towards a specific agenda or to promote bad feeling or anger. It's always wise therefore to be on your guard for sensationalistic headlines or misleading stories, and to always take a moment to calmly consider what has been claimed, rather than taking everything at face value and allowing yourself to be manipulated. Not everything on the internet is true, and it's wise to remember this when browsing online.
|It turns out that law UCC 1-482-12 409-384 actually refers to the|
sale of raw oysters, clams and mussels without a licence in the
State Of New Jersey. We are therefore able to disregard
Sammy The Seagull's wishes and publish his non-pixellated face.
Obviously I couldn't categorically confirm the accuracy of these claims, but that's what some report* on the internet said ... so it must be true!
* For the benefit of stupid people, the report can be found at the following link:
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