South Korean police say that text messages and kaokao talk messages claiming to be from survivors inside the ferry had been faked. The messages surfaced at around 10 pm on Wednesday and quickly spread through twitter and Facebook.
POLICE say that those behind the messages hurt the families of the missing and caused confusion in the search efforts, will face criminal charges including defamation and obstruction of justice by deception.
[여객선 침몰] “세월호 선체 내부 진입 성공” [여객선 침몰 속보] “세월호 내부 진입 잠수요원 4명, 생존자 유무 확인중” [여객선 침몰 속보] “선체 공기 주입중…배 뜨면 선체 내부 진입 예정”
About 4 scuba divers were just able to enter the Sewol ferry, they are now checking for survivors (sources say students are still alive, in the boat). They are planning on possibly entering through the hull. Keep the parents of the students in your prayers, as well. They’ve been waiting in a local gym for hours, being given little/vague information from government officials and local maritime officers, who are also receiving little information from those searching for survivors. The whole thing is generally disorganized and rushed because of the urgency of the situation, so pray that we’re able to stay together and remain grounded. (Livestream of the Jindo gym here)