A Woman Trapped in a Man’s Body, But Free on the Internet

If you follow anything at all on Twitter, then you have almost certainly heard about the Amina story. Amina is a lesbian blogger living in Syria who was supposedly kidnapped by armed men for publishing her views online. As it turns out, this isn’t true. It never happened. And yet, as the truth came to light, it seems that more and more people began to share the original story. It’s as if people rejected the truth by spreading the lie.

Amina wasn’t the only lesbian blogger in Syria. There was also a blogger who turned out to be a man living in the United States. It’s like he was a woman trapped in a man’s body, trapped in the United States, but free on the Internet.

The amazing thing is that anyone gives real credence to any of these stories. Fake personas have always been on the Internet and they always will be. The question, to me, is why anyone actually cares and why they haven’t separated emotionally from what they read online.

I’m just a 12-year-old girl interested in Facebook frauds, and even I know better…

I’m just a 72-year-old man with very little experience online, but even I can spot these hoaxes a mile away…

I’m a disabled veteran who just started using the Internet last week, but, hey, I know that the people using the Internet aren’t always telling it like it is…

I’m someone who really can’t believe that people still pay enough attention to any story at all that they would actually bother sharing.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on June 30, 2011.

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