Social media is a breeding ground for “fake news” and alternative facts.”
Scroll on Twitter long enough and lies of the world get retweeted so much that they eventually are accepted as general truth. Generally that’s how things work but Twitter isn’t buying the lie Durban Socialite @NikkiShangee posted.
The South African woman, who refers to herself as “daughter of the rabbi” tweeted,
To be quite honest, HIV is a thing of the mind. What you don’t believe doesn’t exist to you. If Jesus did away with sin on the cross then everything that came with sin has been removed too. That’s why it’s called the finished work.— Nikki Shange (@NikkiShangee) November 28, 2018
So, HIV doesn’t exist. https://t.co/lf6cev4e7x
Luckily, in a place like South Africa, where HIV rates are running high, people generally know better. It is socially irresponsible and ignorant to suggest HIV is some sort of figment of the imagination. People in the Twitter universe did not go easy on the attention-seeking internet troll.
Being religious does not mean you should be naive— Ayanda M* (@Ayola_M) November 28, 2018
I really have no words of this nonsense.— Ayanda Frances Felem (@AyandaFelemZA) November 28, 2018
To be quite honest, you're clearly not an expert in any field related to health and need to shut up.— William Holz (@ThatFreeWilliam) November 28, 2018
people who died from HIV/AIDS reading this tweet: pic.twitter.com/vW33MW7E1J— tebogo. (@nottebogo) November 28, 2018
The sad part is, Nikki said all this on Twitter for her own entertainment.
I’m so hilarious. I actually entertain myself.— Nikki Shange (@NikkiShangee) November 28, 2018
It’s unclear which is the biggest reason for abuse of social media: boredom or attention seeking?