A report circulating this week claims that a 7-year old disappeared after installing the Talking Angela app. Is this real or fake?
The story is fake.
It comes from the fake news website Huzlers. The same website has been responsible for other outlandish viral stories over the past several months.
In the fake story about the missing child, we read:
Thursday morning Jasmin Moreno installed the popular app Talking Angela on her iPhone for her 7 year old son Eli Moreno to play with she noticed the Talking Angela app was asking questions that seemed very odd the Talking Angela app asked “Are your parents home?” and even went as far as asking “What are you wearing right now?” at the time she didn’t suspected that a child molester was on the other side of the app communicating with her young son Eli.
The Talking Angela app mentioned in the fake article has been the topic of controversy this week, when a year-old rumor that is spies on children resurfaced. Read more about the original rumor and the 2014 reboot.
The Child in the Photo
The photo of “Eli Moreno” depicted in the article actually shows a boy from Central America who was adopted in Nicaragua several years ago and is up for re-adoption.
Huzler’s description states, “Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.” The website appeared in late 2013 with fake stories about Vine star Lil Terio and Sharkeisha, who appeared in a viral YouTube video.
A 7-year old did not disappear after installing the Talking Angela app. That report was created by the fake news website Huzlers.