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A shocked mother discovered a photo of her family in a Facebook ad for a face mask that claimed that most of the family members in the photo had died from COVID-19.
CBS reports that the image, a professional photo of the Ancich family taken for a greeting card eight years ago, appeared in a facial mask ad placed on social media.
Mom Sara Ancich told CBS that she was inundated with Facebook messages from concerned family members and friends after the announcement. The announcement claimed that the family had suffered from the coronavirus pandemic after attending a religious service. He said all but the youngest son died of COVID-19, according to CBS.
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The video describes a teenager’s survival with a face mask. The teenager is falsely identified as a member of the Ancich family, reports CBS.
The ad was allegedly removed by Facebook. Fox News contacted Facebook to ask it to comment on this story.
AFP Fact Check reports that the ad, as well as another version advertising the facial mask, garnered more than a million views on Facebook. “The misleading ads, which play out heavily on the fears with dramatic music in the background, have been viewed more than 1.1 million times on Facebook,” he wrote.
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CBS reports that while Sara Ancich said the image was posted on social media years ago, she also appeared on several Pinterest boards following a reverse image search on Google.
The videos advertise the same product linked to two different websites, which are no longer available, according to the AFP Fact Check.
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