Was a man actually killed for the now infamous Sochi Olympic Ring fail that happened at the Opening Ceremony Friday night? A rumor made waves across social media sites yesterday in a made up tale of T. Borris Avdeyev and his terrible murder. The rumor alleged that Avdeyev, the technical specialist who is reportedly responsible for the fifth Olympic ring fail, was found dead in his Sochi hotel room after being stabbed multiple times. Luckily, this story is not only outrageous but it is completely false.
The rumors started after The Daily Currant website – a satirical Internet news site that continues to fool social media with its fake news events stories they publish. A few other viral hoaxes have come from The Daily Currant, including a story that 39 people died from a marijuana overdoes, and President Obama is opening free “Obamastation” gas stations in poor neighborhoods.
An excerpt from The Daily Currant’s latest viral hoax about a man being killed for the Olympic Ring fail at Sochi’s Opening Ceremony can be found below:
“The man responsible for operating the Olympic Rings during last night’s Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Russia was found dead today. According to local reports the body of T. Borris Avdeyev was found his hotel room early this morning with multiple stab wounds. Avdeyev was a technical specialist responsible for the Olympic Ring spectacle, which embarrassingly malfunctioned last night. Five animatronic snowflakes were supposed to transform into Olympic Rings. The first four functioned properly but the fifth snowflake failed to change shape. Although his body was badly mangled and the wounds were consistent with a struggle, so far officials say they don’t suspect foul play.”
While there are hints of satire in the hoax story, many still posted it on their social media accounts turning the story viral. Within just hours, the story has seen over 16,00 share on Facebook and Twitter.
The lesson from all of this should be to check your sources before you go and post stories to your social media accounts. If you see anyone else posting about this Olympic Ring fail murder hoax story, please refer them to this article.