Home Fake-News Fake News – “Usain Bolt in Critical Condition After Car Accident”

Fake News – “Usain Bolt in Critical Condition After Car Accident”

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Circulating “breaking news” report claims that famous athlete Usain Bolt is in a critical condition in a London hospital after being involved in a serious car accident.




Brief Analysis:
The claims in the report are untrue. There are no credible news sources that support the claim that Usain Bolt has been involved in a serious car accident or has been hospitalised. The bogus report comes from a clickbait fake-news website called “NetLiveMedia”. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

Example:
BREAKING NEWS: World Fastest Man Usain Bolt In Critical Conditions After Serious Car Accident In London,England

Usain Bolt was involved in a serious car crash shortly before dawn in London, the world’s fastest man is now in critical condition at a major hospital in the capital.

Usain Bolt Critical Condition Car Accident Fake-News





Detailed Analysis:
According to a “breaking news” report that is currently circulating via social media, supreme athlete Usain Bolt has been involved in a serious car accident. Supposedly, Usain is in a critical condition in a London hospital. The report features a photograph depicting a mangled BMW on a roadway.

However, the claims in the report are untrue. Usain Bolt has not been involved in a serious car accident and he is not in a London hospital. There are no credible news articles that support the claims in the story in any way.

In fact, the bogus report comes from a fake-news website called “NetLiveMedia”. The site specialises in churning out sensationalised and mostly made up nonsense that it presents in news format, apparently for the purpose of attracting more visitors and shares and thereby generating more revenue for the site owners. The site does not include any disclaimer that might alert readers that its articles are not real news.

The car accident image used in the fake article has been circulating in other contexts since at least 2009. The vehicle has no connection to Usain Bolt.

Given the number of nonsensical stories disguised as news that circulate online, it is always a good idea to verify any celebrity death or accident reports that come your way before you share them. Searching an online news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating celebrity death or injury report is true.

Of course, if a high-profile person such as Usain Bolt was really involved in a serious accident, news of the event would be covered extensively by mainstream news outlets around the world.




Last updated: October 17, 2016
First published: October 17, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
About Hoax-Slayer

References
Car Accident: BMW X5 tear to pieces (photos)
Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites
Don’t Get Caught by Celebrity Death Hoaxes and Scams

 

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer