Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/28/12

Twitter and other social media outlets have some incredibly positive functionality, but they also come with an extreme downside: spreading rumors like wildfire. And this past Tuesday, it was New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning who was caught up in the whirlwind of internet death rumors, as Media Fetcher (a joke site that has a disclaimer saying all reports are not factual) "reported" Manning deceased.

 

“Law enforcement found Manning unresponsive in a 2009 Cadillac Escalade early Tuesday morning at a New York highway rest area. 911 emergency services were dispatched to the rest area where he was pronounced dead. Despite many attempts at CPR, the athlete did not regain consciousness.”

Twitter and Facebook immediately exploded with this news as many readers, who were unaware this was a fictitious site, began spreading the report from person to person. Within minutes "Eli Manning death" and "Eli Manning dead" became popular searches on Google and other search engines, and the sports world was turned on its head until the report was revealed as a hoax.

Why death reports have become so popular and "funny" is beyond us here at Giants 101. They greatly impact the families of those involved and are extremely difficult to control once they hit Twitter and Facebook.

All of that said, Media Fetcher's story was not credible from the start. Not just because it's a fictitious site, but because there's no chance Manning would ever ne driving a Cadillac Escalade. The two-time Super Bowl MVP stays true to his endorsement and only drives Toyota's.

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