False Tweet Causes Social Media Frenzy! “No BRT Bus Fell Off Third Mainland Bridge”

Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 2:38 PM

By Adeola Adeyemo

Some moments ago, a false report went viral saying a fully loaded Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus that was conveying passengers across the Third Mainland Bridge had fallen off the bridge into the Lagos Lagoon.

On Twitter, Facebook, Radio Stations, News Websites and other social media platforms, the disturbing news spread like wild fire, getting many people worried over the safety of the alleged passengers of the bus.

Most media sources based their news on a tweet by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), which confirmed the accident.

The FRSC tweeted this message earlier: “A fully loaded BRT bus fell off the 3rd mainland bridge into the Lagos lagoon, 26-11-12. Rescue work in progress. Motorists be cautious.”

However, coming as a huge relief, the FRSC spokesman, Jonas Agwu has said the tweet about BRT falling off 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos is a “hoax”. The tweet has been deleted from the their Twitter page and replaced with this:

The Lagos State Government has also debunked the story saying it was a rumour. On Traffic FM, the state government’s dedicated traffic radio station, the news was also described as false.

While the news of the accident was still being circulated on Twitter, Jon Gambrell, the AP correspondent in Nigeria visited the scene and tweeted his findings. It is hoped that the FRSC would give an explanation for the misleading tweet. However, we are glad that no such event happened in Nigeria today.

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  • 20 Comments on “False Tweet Causes Social Media Frenzy! “No BRT Bus Fell Off Third Mainland Bridge””

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    • luvlyn November 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      wen i read dis on lindaikeji, i almost cried. thank God its false

    • Ayo November 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Thank you for this.immediately I read it I quickly checked on my family bk in naija.

    • Mobolaji November 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Na wa o….bad news travels fast

    • mr L November 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      difference between linda ikeji and bella naija!! pretty obvious

      • msscchheeww November 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM

        Which one of them shares their profits with you. Hush. Linda also corrected herself. Stop hating. It doesn’t pay. Not even minimum wage.

        • Autoprincess November 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

          Dont mind her, na Linda be FRSC wey post tweet wrong information in the first place???

    • hannah November 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      thank God it’s not true….bt i wonder y someone will tweet sometin like dt…smh

    • me November 26, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Thank God it was a rumor ooooooh

    • Engr. Kalu U Roland November 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      It’s unfortunate that some evil minded people, who thrive in bad news will cook up a thing like this, the devil is liar and all his plots, and that of his agents, against the innocent people of God has, and will always fail, shame unto the kingdom of darkness, JESUS IS LORD.

      • ejiro November 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        Abeg mechionu, agbaya. FRSC made the mistake, not any devil.

    • miqos November 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      am not suprised na naija we dey

    • Jedi November 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      if that were the US, trust me. they will track whoever started the tweets and the person will face charges.

    • ola November 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      oh pls shut up was it only linda ikeji that carried the news.when bellanaija does something wrong or tweet wrong which doesn’t happen OFTEN but does happen nobody opens their mouth but linda will always be crucified for watever news even when she did nt start it.the idiot blackhermit saying she deserves a ring and commonsense obviously thinks his being witty and stupid is the only thing that keeps him going in life.while different peeps such as area mama,beatfm,ynaija and all sorts of peeps twitted about it even the so called stupid media people she gets to take the blame.and i’ll state it here emphatically that ‘SHE IS NOT THE CAUSE OF YOUR LIFE MISFORTUNE.BUY PUNCH AND LEAVE HER THE HELL ALONE.

      • ejiro November 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        .Abi o!!! Like when Bella said Sylvia was dethroned but Linda said she wasn’t. Bella never retracted the story but we have all seen linda was right!

        Pls publish my comment oh!

    • Trendysturvs November 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      They need to give an explanation for the misleading tweet
      http://trendysturvs.blogspot.com

    • imoa November 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      @Ola take it easy na,abi na linda herself?

    • Adeola November 26, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Abeg free Ola, as LIB readers…..we watch out for one another. Mind you, Linda posted the tweets of FRSC and the CONFIRMATION that it was FALSE in the same post. Seeing is believing and not just hearing/gossiping alone.

    • iamfascinating November 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      who started this evil rumour?surely evil shall never prevail, in Jesus name, amen.
      http://www.thestunninglady.blogspot.com

    • erhumuchibabyobukohwo November 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      Thank god that it is a rumour

    • Akindele @ Cheapest Bulk SMS November 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      I dont know why some people dont have something reasonable to do with their precious time. Instead of thinking of something they can do to bring about personal and national development.