No, 7-year-old Eli Moreno wasn’t abducted after playing the Talking Angela app

As if there wasn’t enough nonsense being said about the “Talking Angela” smartphone app, with chain letters spreading claiming (falsely) that it is a cover for paedophiles, or yours truly receiving phone calls from concerned mothers who have (mistakenly) concluded that I am the app’s creator…

Now a sick “humour” website has spread an untrue story, claiming that a seven-year-old boy has gone missing after his mother installed the Talking Angela app onto her iPhone.

Hoax article about Talking Angela

The hoax story reads:

7 Year Old Eli Moreno Missing After Installing Talking Angela App

DALLAS – 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.

Friday morning she let Eli play with her phone while she showered by the time she was ready to drive Eli to school he was missing. She reported him missing 1 hour later and a detective asked her if she had the “Talking Angela” app on her phone she was stunned to find out that several kids in the same neighborhood have gone missing days after installing the app. Huzlers talked to a local detective and he told us “We have been tracking the Angela Pedophile for days now he’s like a shadow” we are assuming this news hasn’t been made public to keep app users from panicking.

Its sounds like a horrific story.

However, it is utter balderdash.

But that’s not stopping some people from sharing the story via social networks like Facebook, helping to perpetuate the myths about the Talking Angela app.

Article being shared on Facebook

Sigh… Hoaxes would find it a lot harder to breath if people were a little more skeptical of what they read online, and asked themselves if the source is reliable.

After all, Huzlers, the website hosting this false news story, recently published a clearly untrue article claiming that McDonalds was not just serving human meat… but the meat of human children.

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has seized McDonald’s production and shipping and will call for more meat factory inspections and restaurant inspections. The FBI is also investigating the factories. FBI agent Lloyd Harrison told Huzler reporters “The worst part is that it’s not only human meat, it’s child meat. the body parts that were found across the U.S. factories were deemed to small to be adult body parts, this is truly horrible”.

Clearly Huzlers is hardly the kind of news outlet you should trust.

If only folks checked their facts before sharing links with all of their online friends. Unfortunately it seems that common sense just isn’t that common.

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12 Responses

  1. Jamie Tyler February 23, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    And nobody noticed at the top of the Huzlers webpage "Valentines Day Tragedy:Teen Masturbated 56 Times Straight Before Dying"?

  2. marina February 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    But how do you explain the shadow in the eyes of Angela? Even in the pictures to describe the game quickly “play store”, we see very clearly a shadow ..

    • Graham Cluley
      Graham Cluley February 24, 2014 at 10:41 am #

      Don't you find it more plausible that the developers put a reflection in the cat's eye (she is supposed to be sitting opposite you in a Parisian restaurant after all) than that it's a paedo phone lurking inside your iPhone?

    • ThinkAboutIt February 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

      You're just participating in the mass hysteria and imagining things. How far we have come… people being afraid of a virtual shadow of a street in Paris.

    • Wasil March 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

      That is true and when you give Angela a present the camera flashes so there is someone defiantly behind there . The best thing is to delete the app and make sure nobody comes on it because we all know the consequences for this mistake

  3. Mark February 26, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    Ok ok ok so ur saying that there is no guy in angelas eyes listen I SAW it and I had for star my iPad from that fking app but didn't they find the owner

  4. gady February 26, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    How can it be the reflection when I took a picture and zoom in it wasn't a Guy it a place bit it asked me weird question about. Zayne from 1D.I was a little afraid so I delete it also i cover my camer it said please remove ur hand from the camera.NOT FAKE THAT HAPPEN T O MY FRIEND

  5. M.R. February 26, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    Yes yes sir. You claim that there is no such thing as a paedo behind the eyes of the cat. Could it be the fact that you're hiding something confidential that YOU sir keep denying and continuously say it's just a mere reflection of the player.
    Yet, scouting closely at the left eye; you can see a male figure. It's not the same person but still a male.
    Now explain that sir.
    After having experimenting with several girls and a few boys. There does not show the reflection of all the females that encountered this app.

    • Kaitlyn Dross March 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      I totally agree. Not just boys/men play this game, also this game is meant for children and teens but mostly for young children. No one might ever know what is going on if you can't track down this "Pedophile". The company that made the game might not even know if the game has been hacked because hackers are so sneaky and secretive we may never know who this "pedophile" is or where he lives.

    • Anonymous March 1, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

      Then how can there be millions of people on this app talking Angela and have some weird pedo talking to them all at once? I don't think outfit 7 would hire over a million pedophiles to look and find people's names and ages

  6. emily February 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    it is so not true the eyes on evrey single photo is the same why?

  7. Go Girl February 27, 2014 at 2:15 am #

    You are the crappiest website how can you do that you sick,sick someone should get you I hope you go to jail cuz your a piece of crap.

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