Yesterday a rumour went round Twitter virtue signallers that a man the Sun reported is a supposed child refugee is in fact a Home Office interpreter. It was too good for the tabloid-bashers to resist, soon hundreds of people had tweeted it without checking, as if it was fact. Including some very famous types like Gary Lineker, David Schneider and Caroline Criado Perez. Guido has asked the Home Office, who confirm the man in question is NOT an interpreter. They say they do not comment on minors, all but confirming he is a refugee claiming to be a child. As reported by the Sun. A lie will go halfway round the world while truth is pulling its boots on – will the Twitterati above be issuing corrections?
UPDATE: Tact Care, the charity which claimed he was an interpreter, say they “regret any concern caused”:
“With regard to a recent tweet by TACT questioning the status of an individual male in a photograph at Calais, our information was from a credible source. However, if the male is indeed a migrant and not an interpreter, TACT regrets any concern caused. The tweet has now been withdrawn as we do not want to cause any further distress to the individual depicted.”