Celebs keep posting misleading photos about Amazon wildfire to social media
Well-meaning celebrities trying to bring attention to the Amazon blazes in Brazil are spreading misleading snapshots like wildfire on social media.
The raging fires have prompted a handful of celebs such as Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio to raise awareness in the form of outdated or inaccurate images.
In a Thursday post, Ronaldo called on his 80 million Twitter followers to “help save our planet” along with a photo from a part of Brazil more than 2,000 miles from the rainforest.
The photo, which was published by the Baltimore Sun showed blazes torch the Taim Ecological Station in the Rio Grade do Sul state back in 2013, according to the newspaper.
One user was quick to call out the athlete, replying that they appreciated his “solidarity” but not the misinformation.
“This photo is fake; It is [not] from the Amazon, nor does it portray the present moment,” the Twitter user wrote.
DiCaprio also shared an old snapshot to his Instagram account Wednesday meant to draw attention to the blazes currently ravaging the rainforest. In the post, the global activist shared a post with an image from 2018 that called the recent fires “terrifying,” Fox News reported.
Both the actor Jaden Smith and YouTuber Logan Paul took to their social media accounts with a photo showing the rainforest’s canopy on fire. The image of the burning forest, however, was published by The Guardian of a 1989 fire.
“The AMAZON Rain FOREST IS ON FIRE THIS IS TERRIBLE IT’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST CARBON SINKS IN THE WORLD, Spread The Word,” Smith wrote in a Wednesday post.
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