So H-Metro is rubbish – we all know that. The problem is, we tend to believe the stuff we see in it. That’s because some of their stories are straight out of the court record, and they’re funny as hell. So we read it. And some of us actually buy it.
Today’s H-Metro, though, has a blatantly fake front-page story, and a sharp-eyed workmate (with the memory of an elephant, apparently) clued us in.
In 2009 a scandal broke out in Tanzania. See, there was this website called zeutamu.com which used to, well, do tabloid shit. They posted naked and compromising pictures of celebs and politicians, but many of these were Photoshop jobs.
The last straw was when they did this to President Kikwete, and were promptly shut down and the owner arrested (in Essex, UK). By Interpol, no less.
Right. So in today’s headline story, H-Metro claim there’s a Zimbabwean woman named Caroline Masaraure who posts naked pictures to her Facebook. She’s allegedly also a member of UFI Ministries, founded by the infamous “Prophet” Emmanuel Makandiwa. Irrelevant, but there you go.
Now, barring the fact that naked pictures don’t last a day on Facebook, one of the photos has “Caroline” posing with a girl my mate had seen before.
On zeutamu.com, no less.
BUT, and here’s the big butt, we did find other pics and discussions of the other girl in the photos. After a lot (I mean, a lot) of research, we eventually found out that the light girl is named Nsia Swai, she is indeed Tanzanian, she’s kind of a celebrity, she sued 5 tabloids because of these pictures, and H-Metro is full of shit.
So what’s the story here? Did H-Metro reporter Nigel Pfunde do this himself, create a fake person and mould a tabloid story around it, so they could sell newspapers with naked girls on the front?
Or did someone create a fake Facebook profile and hoodwink H-Metro into believing this hogwash?
Either way, that’s fecked up.