FAKE: Kitten drowning the dark side of Facebook
A PHOTO purporting to show drowned kittens in Toowoomba has been proven to be a fake.
The photo generated huge interest online after it was posted on a Toowoomba Facebook page.
It showed a number of kittens under water inside a blue bucket for sale for $3 with the comment "few small scratches on the inside".
Residents disgusted at the photo, and thinking it was real, contacted The Chronicle.
The image has been reported to Facebook, with residents demanding it be removed.
It has been demonstrably proved to be a fake.
A reverse image search on TinEye, a technology that takes an image file as an input query and returns results related to the image, showed the photo had been uploaded on numerous sites, as early as 2014.
The image was also posted to Facebook in Alabama in the United States.
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Residents bombarded the Facebook page with complaints.
Despite being reported numerous times, Facebook has yet to remove the post.
One resident said it showed how a simple photo uploaded to Facebook could be used by anyone, and used for all kinds of sick and twisted things.
"It's the dark side of Facebook."
Facebook has reviewed the photo and found it did not violate its Community Standards.
Other members of the group have posted numerous horrific images and messages, some sexual in nature.
A video showing a person drowning animals in a creek was also posted.
Many of the photos are too disturbing to be posted in this article.
For posts to breach Facebook's standards they must include nudity, hate speech or violent and graphic content.
"We remove graphic images when they are shared for sadistic pleasure or to celebrate or glorify violence," Facebook's standards state.
Facebook has increasingly come under fire for promoting fake news - and is asking readers to help.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the company would do more to tackle the viral spread of false news on its network, and this week the company has started experimenting with a system to fix the problem.
He has said fake news stories made up less than 1% of all content on Facebook.