Dan Scavino and Miami International Airport Twitter correction

Photos via Scavino45/Twitter Remix by Jason Reed

Trump’s social media director gets busted tweeting fake Irma video

The White House social media guru got duped.

 

David Covucci

Internet Culture

Published Sep 11, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 5:53 pm CDT

It’s understandable that people get duped during natural disasters, given the hyperfast pace of information. But one person you would hope wouldn’t be fooled is the man running social media for the president of the United States.

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On Sunday, Dan Scavino, Jr., President Donald Trump‘s social media director, tweeted out a video of a flooded Miami airport during Hurricane Irma.

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Only one problem: It wasn’t Miami International Airport. It wasn’t Miami at all.

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Screenshot via @Scavino45/Twitter

In any natural disaster or emergency situation, Twitter is always awash in fake videos and misinformation. Who hasn’t, since Hurricane Harvey hit, seen that shark picture everyone tweets during any storm?

So, people get tricked, which usually isn’t a big deal. The difference here is, Scavino specifically mentions he was sharing this information with the both the president and the vice president.

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Thankfully, Miami International Airport was right there to let him know the truth.

The video is, according to the Washington Post, at least a week old and purportedly shows an airport in Mexico City.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14XKq1V3bgQ

For his part, Scavino deleted the tweet and apologized, blaming the rapid influx of posts he was receiving.

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The airport appreciated the swift correction.

While it’s extremely hard to verify breaking news on social, it makes for a good rule of thumb: If you aren’t certain, don’t tweet it.

H/T Josh Billingson

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*First Published: Sep 11, 2017, 7:35 am CDT