iPhone 6 Ebola Scare
iPhone 6 Contaminated With Ebola Virus–Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A viral email alleges that a number of iPhone 6 devices assembled at a warehouse in Sierra Leon were contaminated with the Ebola virus.
Apple doesn’t manufacture or assemble any of its products, including the iPhone 6, in Sierra Leone or elsewhere in Africa. That means the odds of an iPhone 6 being contaminated with the Ebola virus are nil.
The website CompareCamp.com outlined the iPhone 6 supply chain in September 2014. Turns out the popular smart phone is sourced, manufactured and warehoused exclusively in the U.S., Europe, China and other parts of Asia.
At the time of the iPhone 6’s release, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no cases of the virus had been reported outside West Africa.
Daily Buzz Live published the bogus report on September 22, 2014. Within days, it had been shared about a half million times by Facebook users.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus – 21,200 Confirmed Cases Since Friday Release. Apple’s iPhone 6 was bought up by over 8 million eager purchaser’s over the weekend. On a report Friday evening on Fox News, it was confirmed that several iPhones sold contained the Ebola virus, with over 1,000 confirmed cases of Ebola contamination, but since then it has risen to over 21,000.
These phones were assembled in a plastic manufacturing warehouse in Sierra Leone, where the largest Ebola outbreak has been spreading. On Saturday, according to USA Today, Sierra Leone’s 6 million residents were placed on a rare three-day lockdown. President Ernest Bai Koroma called the shutdown “extraordinary.”