The "news" of the death of Filipino rock legend Ely Buendia spread like wildfire on social media at 12 mn on Monday. Fans were sharing a link with the headline "BREAKING NEWS: Ely Buendia natagpuang patay sa loob ng kotse sa Tagaytay". The link led to a fake ABS-CBN news blogspot page with all the "details" of the so-called death.
Ely Buendia, together with his band, Apartel, just performed last Saturday night at Tagaytay Art Beat 2.
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Giving his proof of life, Ely tweeted a statement saying "Sa gumawa ng latest death hoax ko…If ever I actually die, I’ll let you know."
Sa gumawa ng latest death hoax ko…If ever I actually die, I’ll let you know😉— Ely Buendia (@elybuendia9001) February 5, 2017
Although the format and layout of the fake news post was designed to mimic the real news site, readers should take note that in the the age of fake news, it is getting more difficult to weed out what is real and what is not. Here's a guide to help you out.
In the meantime, let us rejoice in the news that Ely Buendia is alive and well.
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Pupil will be joining Peryodiko on their Cara y Cruz album tour on Wednesday, February 8. Apartel will be performing at UP Fair: Roots on Saturday, February 18.