"A shocked mother discovered a photo of her family in a Facebook video for a face mask that claimed most of the family members pictured had died of COVID-19.
The image, a professional photo of the Ancich family taken for a holiday card eight years ago, reportedly appeared in a video advertising a face mask that was placed on the social network.
Mom Sara Ancich told CBS that she was inundated with Facebook messages from concerned family members and friends after the video appeared. The video claimed that the family became victims of the coronavirus pandemic after attending a church service. It said that all but the youngest son had died of COVID-19, according to CBS.
The video describes a teenager's survival as a result of the face mask. The teen is falsely identified as a member of the Ancich family, CBS reports.
Facebook told Fox News that it has removed the video...
When the social network removed the video, it ensured that other shares that are visually similar to that video are detected and automatically prevented from being uploaded.
AFP Fact Check reports that the video, along with another version advertising the face mask, racked up over 1 million views on Facebook. 'The misleading ads, which play heavily on fears with dramatic music in the background, have been viewed more than 1.1 million times on Facebook,' it writes.
CBS reports that while Sara Ancich said that the image was posted to social media years ago, it also showed up on several Pinterest boards following a reverse Google image search."
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