Rumours, urban legends, fake news and misinformation have been spreading even way before the birth of the internet but with the existence of social media today, they are being circulated even faster and to a much wider audience.
In today’s age, the younger generation tend to be very quick in spotting anything suspicious that is being shared online but not the same can be said for the older generation. Recently, Twitter user @qeels88 tweeted a screenshot of a message that was sent to her mother on Whatsapp and the tweet went viral.
“What kind of nonsense info are you guys sharing to my mom?,” she said. The screenshot shows the message sharing an allegation that calamari squid rings are actually made out of pig anus. The screenshot message is a photo of a bag of calamari squid rings with a halal logo on it along with a caption that reads, “Hello friend, wanted to share some information, this is actually pigs anus, it looks like squid but the rings are big and white.”
The message continues saying that if the rings really are squids, then they should have spots on them and that the sender is worried of buying one. They claim that the seller is smart to put a halal sticker on the bag so people won’t suspect a thing.
Qeel’s tweet now has over 7,194 likes and 5,033 shares and apparently, her mother wasn’t the only one who got the message as many netizens shared that their parents also received the same message. Here are some responses to the tweet:
One user replied to the tweet saying, “Pig anus has holes in them😭😭😭” . Another user replied saying that their mother received the same message and that the sender even tagged their name. “Same as my mother. My name was even tagged because I’m the only one who likes buying frozen things. What did I do? Just left them on blueticked. 😂😂,” she said.
If any of you are actually worried if the allegations are true or false, one user actually reached out to Shandong Halal Certification Service to ask for clarification on the viral message to which they responded and confirmed that the halal logo on the bag is registered and certified by them.
If that isn’t convincing enough then you’d be glad to know that this isn’t exactly new fake news. The allegation that calamari squid rings are made out of pig anus started back in 2013 as an urban legend originated from the United States and has since made its way to our shores some years later. You can read more on this urban legend right here.