Was the man responsible for the Olympic snowflake ring malfunction at the Sochi Opening Ceremony really found dead? According to a rumor spreading like the plague on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, a man named T. Borris Avdeyev was found dead in his hotel room for his role in the Russian Olympic Snowflake glitch that cause one of the 5 rings not to appear at the opening ceremony. The Daily Currant reports that the technical specialist, T. Borris Avdeyev, was stabbed multiple times and left to die in his hotel room. But some 30,000 shares later people are finally starting to realize, the story is false. The rate at which this story has been shared, however, puts the Sochi Olympic ring death hoax in the running for the most viral social media hoax of 2014.
So how did this Sochi man's death rumor get started anyway? The rumors spring from a story found on The Daily Currant website. The Daily Currant prides itself on being a satirical new source, that shares in its "About" section that it is "an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media ... Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world."
Despite this clear description of all their stories being false, including the viral tale about the man responsible for the Olympic snowflake ring glitch being killed, people still seem to be getting duped every moment by the tale. The story hasn't even been on the Daily Currant a full day and already it has seen over 30,000 shares on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, the site has crashed numerous times throughout the day due to an overload of traffic.
While some have found the satirical news story about a man who was found dead after the Sochi Opening Ceremony Olympic ring snowflake fail humorous, others have share their thoughts that perhaps this was taking satire a bit to far.
In the words of one iDigtialTimes reader,
"The idea behind a satirical website/article is that it should be funny. This article by the DC isn't funny in any way, shape, or form. Do they even understand what satire is? Must have been an intern..."
On Twitter, Chelsea Bates was found saying,
"I strongly believe satire news stories need to come with a disclaimer at the bottom. The Russian death story is not true."
Meanwhile, it seems a Fox9 Minneapolis news anchor Dawn Mitchell also voiced her thoughts about the piece going too far.
@KeithLeventhal it's satirical...and they went there....I still say too soon
— Dawn Mitchell (@DawnAtFOX9) February 9, 2014
The Daily Currant is notorious for fooling social media with its fake current events news stories. A few of the viral hoaxes which have started at The Daily Currant include the story of 37 people dying from Marijuana overdose, and President Obama opening free "Obamastation" gas stations in poor neighborhoods.
Here is an excerpt from The Daily Currant's latest viral hoax about a man who was killed for the Olympic Ring fail and the Sochi Opening Ceremony.
"The man responsible for operating the Olympic Rings during last night's Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Russia was found dead today. According to local reports the body of T. Borris Avdeyev was found his hotel room early this morning with multiple stab wounds. Avdeyev was a technical specialist responsible for the Olympic Ring spectacle, which embarrassingly malfunctioned last night. Five animatronic snowflakes were supposed to transform into Olympic Rings. The first four functioned properly but the fifth snowflake failed to change shape. Although his body was badly mangled and the wounds were consistent with a struggle, so far officials say they don't suspect foul play."
The story goes on to describe the police response to the man's death who rule it an "accident" and that perhaps he just "tripped and fell on a set of knives."
"It's terrible when accidents like this happen. But then again, maybe Mr. Avdeyev should have thought twice before he screwed up the Olympics. Accidents tend to happen to people who betray Russia," says the phony police officer in the report.
While some details in the story of a man being stabbed for the Olympic Ring fail Friday night definitely offer hints that this report is fictional, still the story is making increasingly more viral rounds around social media.
If you read a report that seems slightly fantastic online, the best thing to do is not to share it immediately. Go to Google and search for other resources to corroborate the report - it won't even take 5 minutes. If there are no major news sources reporting the event, chances are it is not true.
If you see anyone spreading the false story about a man who was killed for the Sochi Opening Ceremony Olympic Ring malfunction, please share this article so they can get their facts straight.
Twitter Reacts To Daily Currant Story "Man Responsible For Olympic Ring Mishap Found Dead In Sochi"
So the guy who was in charge of the Olympic ring malfunction was found dead today, and this is what officials said pic.twitter.com/EGkLvmMqJF
— lis (@elissaborden) February 9, 2014
So apparently the guy who was responsible for the Olympic ring malfunction yesterday in Russia was found dead this morning.... Wooooow
— Kurt Devonshire (@__KURT_) February 9, 2014
Remember the snowflake-ring malfunction during the Olympic Opening? The guy in charge of that was found dead today in his hotel... #Russia
— James Kirklow (@CaptnKirklow) February 9, 2014
The guy who had the responsibilities of the 5th Olympic ring malfunction in the opening ceremony was stabbed to death in his hotel room #wow
— CART∃R AUSTIN (@carteraustin98) February 9, 2014
So I guess the dude in charge of the Olympic ring malfunction was found stabbed to death today. Russia is brutal — Ryan Pitzer (@RPitzer31) February 9, 2014
The man who's responsible for the Olympic snowflake ring malfunction at Sochi was found dead last night. You're gonna tell me Russia is safe?
— Julia (@jayysamm16) February 9, 2014
The man responsible for the Olympic Ring malfunction in the opening ceremony yesterday was found dead with multiple stab wounds today... — Dames Nellas FLOW935 (@DamesNellas) February 9, 2014