“We will be blocking all Allen County access to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube between February 28 and March 1,” it read. Many people missed both the fact that it was impossible for the sheriff to block access to social media applications, and the non-existent timeframe (February 29th), as this year February has only 28 days.
Countless angry responses flooded Allen County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook. “We would say that 99% or more of the comments have come from outside our jurisdiction,” the authorities noted. “And probably 80% from outside of Kansas,” they said. As of this article, their post has over 2,000 comments, 3,000 reactions and 8,000 shares.
After some time, however, Allen County Sheriff Bryan Murphy decided to reveal the truth. “Our post today, Monday, January 29, 2018, about ‘shutting off social media’ was another successful demonstration of the power of social media,” a new post explained. “We want to remind everyone, read everything you see on the internet closely. Check the facts. Not everything is true no matter how good it may look. For those who fell really (and we mean REALLY) hard for this, we would ask that you reflect on the role social media plays in your life.”