Outrage over the deletion of Flappy Bird is to be expected, but find out how one ‘fan’ took things WAY too far.
We all know the internet is full of sick people — one needn’t look further than the comments section of literally any website to see that — but whoever spawned this hoax is truly the worst of the worst. It’s been widely tweeted that Dong Nguyen, creator of the now-infamous app Flappy Bird, has committed suicide. Not only is this not true, but it’s also not OK.
Flappy Bird Suicide Hoax — Dong Nguyen Did NOT Kill Himself
The rumors began in the early hours of Feb. 10, shortly after the app was removed from all online stores, per Dong’s decision. The following is the fake news report being circulated online:
SAN FRANCISCO — Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has just been found dead in his home with a gunshot wound in his dead. Authorities are confirming that Nguyen committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. Authorities are saying that the sensational game Flappy Bird had something to do with the suicide.
There has also been 7 reports of other suicides around the U.S. today alone. Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has taken Flappy Bird off app stores this morning and is believed to be the cause of the suicides.
Besides being distasteful, I take personal offense to this hoax because of how poorly written it is.
Flappy Bird Deleted: Why Dong Nguyen Removed His App
This hoax comes in the wake of Dong deciding to remove Flappy Bird from all online stores. He made the announcement Feb. 8, via the following cryptic tweet:
I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
Perhaps Dong saying he “cannot do this anymore” is what inspired the sick individuals to spin the false news of his death in the first place. Either way, it’s just plain wrong.
HollywoodLifers, how do YOU feel about the Flappy Bird-less world we now live in? Drop a comment with your thoughts on the deletion below.
— Andy Swift
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