Don’t get tricked into going to these fake Facebook events

It’s become clear that nearly all information you come across on Facebook (or any social media for that matter) should be consumed with an ounce of skepticism. But there’s something about the trouble of organizing a physical event and inviting real people to a real place that seems beyond the realm of forgery.

As it turns out, it’s the hottest new form of online/IRL trolling. And Facebook users fall for it–hook, line, and sinker. When photographer and artist Eric Pickersgill discovered that folks were tricking users into showing up for fake Limp Bizkit concerts, he had to go to the IRL scene of the prank. There he found confused business owners, a bizarre confluence of meme culture, and disappointed fans.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) talk with Pickersgill about his photography project entitled No Show and why we continue to be duped by online information when it comes to us in newsfeed form.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by the Podglomerate.

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.