My Rabbit Embryo Photo has gone viral and is being shared by tens of thousands of Arab users on Facebook as an “aborted baby” صورة طفل اجهض .. بالله عليك لا تخرج قبل ان تضغط لايك وتقول سبحان

Rabbit Embryo جنين أرنب

[This is a photo of a rabbit embryo. I took it in 2008. Notice the lower right corner, “Moabite© 2008”]

On the 13/09/2008, I published a post containing a photo of a rabbit embryo that I had taken in my house (You can read the details in that post here).

This photo soon became popular and is now the main source of visits to my Blog. In 2012, more than 50% of my blog visits through search engines was because of this single photo (You can read the full statistics of the year 2012 here).

Figure: Search terms that brought people to my blog in 2010.

Almost a year ago, I started to get many referred visits from a social website called “Tumblr”. The photo was circulated in that website without any details describing what the photo shows or, at other times, as a human embryo or a rabbit embryo. I traced some of these posts and saw that my photo was shared by about 800+ users. See this example here. Nonetheless, I never saw thousands of shares of my photo back then.

Almost one month ago, on the 25/08/2012, a niece of mine notified me of a Jordanian Facebook page (فليسقط كل من قال أن الشعب الاردني يريد انهاء النظام الملكي) that published my photo with the following caption:

 

“صورة طفل اجهض .. بالله عليك لا تخرج قبل ان تضغط لايك وتقول سبحان”
“A photo of an aborted baby .. I swear you by God that you do not go out before you press like and say Sobhan Allah”.

My photo received 143 likes and 3 shares. It was very interesting and I thought how famous my photo was! 143 likes of my photo by people who thought that it was of an aborted “human baby” was a lot! I knew little because this was only the beginning!

At that same day, again on the 25/08/2012, I discovered an Egyptian website (المصراوية) that had published my photo. This site, however, published it with the following amazing description. The problem is that the owner of this website cites “Reuters” as the source of what he posted:

A photo of a baby aborted before completing his growth صورة لطفل اجهض قبل اكتمال نموة
وقد التقطت الصورة هذة من داخل احدى مستشفيات كاليفورنيا بالولايات المتحدة الامريكية بعد اقدام احد الفتيات المراهقات على اجهاض نفسها داخل احدى المستشفيات هناك.
This photo was taken inside one of the hospitals in California in the United States of America after a teenage girl aborted herself in one of the hospitals there.

Today, I made a reverse image search only to be amazed of how small were the “143” likes in the Jordanian Facebook page. My photo is much more famous! On August the 25th, it turned out that another Arabic Facebook page (إضحك با إبن النكدية) had shared my photo. This page, however, is different because it has 1.5 million likes.

Arabic Facebook page (إضحك با إبن النكدية)

Arabic Facebook page (إضحك با إبن النكدية)

Again, they shared the photo not as aborted rabbit fetus but as an aborted baby (a human baby). This time, the aborted baby, maybe by the same Californian girl according to “Reuters”, received:

103,472 likes
12,519 shares

103,472 likes
12,519 shares

Finally, I was able to trace the internet pages that had published my photo by doing a Google Reverse Image Search. If some of the hundreds of thousands of those who liked the photo or shared it did that, I think that my photo wouldn’t have received such an attention for being an aborted “human baby”.

See the results page that anyone who would have performed a reverse image search could have seen:

Final Approximate Statistics: Arabic Facebook Pages that Published My Rabbit Embryo Photo as an “Aborted Human Baby” (up to 07.09.2012):

Page Likes Shares
اضحك يا ابن النكدية 103,472 12,519
إرفع رأسك فنبيك محمد 12,195 1,605
في هذا الزمان أصبح الحب مهنة الكاذبين 2,015 223
أشعار حزينة 1,703 87
كل حب لغير الله ينهار 1,495 470
هل تحب الرسول؟ انضم معنا عاوزين نشوف عدد أحبابه 1,476 175
بنات جدة 1,344 234
Rahim Ezz 577 94
حشوات وعفسات فايسبوكية 519 58
تهييس على طول 196 55
فليسقط كل من قال أن الشعب الاردني يريد انهاء النظام الملكي 143 2
مش عاوز نكد دا إحنا حنقول نكت 60 3
أجمل قصة حب 45 14
لجنة مساجد المدينة الجديدة 25 0
شياطين الفيسبوك 19 4
اللهم إني أسألك الجنة 15 2
ميدو للزنق والأغاني السودانية 11 0
قصر العشاق 10 1
ShoGaf 7aRetna Pp 7 0
Dou3a 6 3
إضراب عن الزواج حتى عودة المهر بربع جنيه 3 0
الموسوعة الثقافية الفيسبوكية 0 0
Movement of Libyan Youth شباب ليبيا الآن 0 0
Total: 125,336 15,549

صورة طفل أجهض لا تخرج قبل أن تضغط لايك وتقول سبحان الله

صورة طفل مجهض... لا تخرج قبل أن تضغط لايك وتقول سبحان الله

صورة طفل مجهض… لا تخرج قبل أن تضغط لايك وتقول سبحان الله

12,195 likes
1,605 shares

1,703 likes
87 shares

2,015 likes
223 shares

1,495 likes
470 shares

577 likes
94 shares

1,476 likes
175 shares

519 likes
58 shares

577 likes
94 shares

519 likes
58 shares

45 likes
14 shares

2,015 likes
223 shares

1,476 likes
175 shares

More photos of the Arabic Facebook pages that shared my photo (All the above photos of Facebook pages are posted below in addition to other photos of other Facebook pages):

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