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Fake ‘Black Panther’ posts are alleging violence at screenings

Many accounts are using graphic photos of domestic abuse survivors.

Feb 16, 2018, 2:44 pm

Internet Culture

Audra Schroeder 

Audra Schroeder

The following post contains graphic images. 

Black Panther opened this week to positive reviews and a $25.2 million debut night. But as has become routine on social media, with the premiere came fake posts meant to sow confusion.

In a week filled with senseless violence and dissonance, some troll accounts felt the need to add more, creating fake tweets that alleged people had faced racially motivated physical violence at Black Panther screenings.

One graphic photo has been circulated dozens of times, but as BuzzFeed News points out, the photo is actually from a January story about a Swedish teen who was attacked at a club after trying to get away from a man who groped her.

https://twitter.com/trapafasa/status/964364855065985024

Many posts used photos of women who are domestic abuse survivors, with one account using a 2016 photo of a teen who was locked in her flat for four hours and beaten by her boyfriend. (The account has since gone private.)

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A fake account for Paul Nehlen—the alleged racist and Republican congressional candidate running against Paul Ryan who has been banned from Twitter—used a still from a 2013 video about domestic violence. (The tweet has since been deleted.)

fake black panther posts

Another used a photo of ex-White House staff secretary Rob Porter‘s ex-wife Colbie Holderness, who alleged he abused her while they were married.

https://twitter.com/DSA_Boi_Pucci/status/964356658712334336

The Daily Show‘s Roy Wood Jr. tried to help with the debunk and even pitched a great new show idea. The photo of the bloody towel, which was featured in other tweets, is from 2009.

None of this should take away from the experience of seeing Black Panther, a truly important film. But Twitter needs to step up and suspend these kinds of accounts to stop facilitating the circulation of photos that use actual trauma and survivors of abuse to create dissonance and confusion.

H/T BuzzFeed News 

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*First Published: Feb 16, 2018, 2:44 pm