Evansville Walmart Gun Photo Misinformation Shows How Easy Fake News Can Spread, Even Locally
Stop saying the viral photo was Evansville!
The big story today is that the below photo was taken from the Evansville store:
— Anthony (@OMGItsBirdman) August 9, 2017
This is, of course, false. Now, unlike with run-of-the-mill Fake News stories, this had a lot of miscommunication that favored the story. The first of which was Walmart actually responding by saying it was the Evansville store:
Good question. This was Store #1341. I hope this helps, Jared and we want you to know we are truly sorry for this. -Vik
— Walmart (@Walmart) August 9, 2017
#1341 is the west side location. At face value, this would be an open and shut case. However, many people started questioning how our stores layout was compared to the layout in the photo.
Luckily, I have a roommate (Kevin Flint) who works at that store and sent me this photo of what their display actually looks like:
There’s no way it could be the same store. When you read something online, even if it’s coming from a fairly reputable source (or one that looks like one), you have use common sense and ask “Hey, does our store look like that” or “Could this be a mistake?” This is a pretty simple case to figure out as long as you’ve been in the Walmart store recently or simply call someone and ask.
There are still people saying that it was our store, even after it’s been proven to be false. Luckily, this wasn’t a more serious case. Being associated with an offensive photo isn’t the worst thing that could happen, but it does demonstrate that before you start hitting that share button online, you might want to double check the facts before spreading misinformation.