Irma-trackers, beware: Fake images and videos of the storm’s damage are going viral, including one that was posted Sunday afternoon by the White House’s own director of social media and assistant to President Trump, Dan Scavino, Jr.
But… it’s not Miami International Airport. That’s according to Miami International Airport itself, which began replying directly to people on Twitter who were reposting the video to their own feeds. Scavino has since deleted his tweet.
This video is not from Miami International Airport.
— Miami Int'l Airport (@iflymia) September 10, 2017
The footage posted by Scavino can be found on a YouTube page claiming to be showing an airport in Mexico City:
The social media person for @POTUS misleading. This is NOT Miami right now. This was Mexico City last month: https://t.co/zIXVpRXfM5 https://t.co/ZcWfemEO4M
— Gene Park (@GenePark) September 10, 2017
The Washington Post is putting together a comprehensive list of viral hoaxes to avoid while you’re tracking Hurricane Irma up Florida’s Gold Coast. Stay vigilant. Check before clicking “retweet.”
From Scavino, a mea culpa: