Tips on Recognizing Fake Tweets
Fake tweets have started countless rumors in this fandom. And with websites that allow you to make fake tweets with only a few clicks, it’s never been easier to unlease false rumors onto the fandom. Here’s some tips on recognizing fakes so that you can be more watchful whenever they resurface:
- Be highly skeptical of anything that’s “too good to be true.” People love making fake tweets where Frank implies that Frerard was real, Gerard says that he regrets the break-up, or @MCROfficial hints at a reunion. If it seems too much like a fantasy, it probably is.
- Search for the text to see if you can find the original tweet. You can find original tweets by typing in the handle and some (or all) of the text, e.g. “@gerardway cats or get the fuck out.” If the tweet is real, it should show up in the search results. If you think it might have been deleted, try doing a Google search to see if any reputable fan sites reported the tweet (actual fan sites, not random Twitter accounts or Tumblr blogs.) See if you can find different screencaps, too. If nothing comes up, it’s probably fake.
- Know that anything that claims that MCR is getting back together is false. There’s a few false screencaps of Frank and Gerard tweeting that MCR is getting back together. No official source has ever said this. And if they did, it would be common fandom knowledge–not something passed around in secret.
- Check the handle. Sometimes posts from parody/roleplay accounts are passed around as real tweets, especially if they have the same name and icon as the official source. If the account isn’t verified and if the handle is different (e.g. something like “gerardwayrp”), it’s a fan tweet being passed off as an official one.
- Consider the “voice” of the tweet. While some fake tweets sound close enough to be believable, others sound nothing like the source they’re pretending to be. You read it and think “That doesn’t even sound like something Gerard would say.” If you think the voice seems “off,” it might be a fake.
Basically, just use common sense. If you don’t recognize the tweet and it seems too “sensational” to be true, see if it’s real or not before sharing it. Happy Tweeting!