Dailybuzzlive.com, a website with great landing page articles such as “Video Of Alien Attack Confirmed By Tacoma County Sheriff’s Department” recently posted another article getting its share of re-tweets and Facebook shares. An article entitled “iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus – 21,200 Confirmed Cases Since Friday Release” has been making the rounds on social media. The article is in all reality laughable, (though the Ebola outbreak is no laughing matter). The site purports that through its “sources” it has confirmed that over 20,000 people have been exposed to the Ebola virus by purchasing new iPhones due to a plastics manufacturing center in Sierra Leone. The article includes a picture of people wearing masks around a pile of unmarked white boxes. It only takes a little digging to find out that Apple has only 18 official final assembly facilities around the world. All of which are in China, Brazil, California, and Ireland, and Texas, with none in Sierra Leone. So why write an article so unscrupulously inaccurate? Well, imagine the web traffic! Dailybuzzlive.com doesn’t advertise as a satirical site like “The Onion” instead they simply say, “The DailyBuzzLive.com will keep you intrigued with the latest VIRAL news and videos”
Ebola, The iPhone 6, and Blog Culture
Rumors regarding hot technology topics like the iPhone 6 are always circulating this time of year, and it appears the rumor mill doesn’t stop after the release of said rumored device. Now while this report is entirely inaccurate, consumers should take interest in where Apple devices come from, and how many MacBook’s will now be stamped with “Made in the U.S.A.” Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer of iPhones and iPads has gained notoriety in recent years for their working conditions and anti-suicide nets surrounding the worker dormitories. Apple has always promised to keep a close eye on the going ons of the companies they employ.
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The iPhone 6 had a smooth release over the weekend as well as with its pre-order, having registered 12 million pre-orders in 24 hours and sold 10 million during their weekend in store launch. If this is any indication there seems to be no Ebola virus on any of the 10 million devices entering hands over the last few days. Whether they generate revenue from this or not, unethical and libelous reporting are never a good idea. They can subject your readership to scrutiny, as well as tarnish a journalistic reputation. The Dr. Phone Fix blog both main and store specific will bring you reputable information and engaging content. Check out “Own a Store” today.