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Netizens angry over dad's bogus abduction posting

INTERNET users lashed out yesterday at a man who they said misled them by asking on his microblog for help finding his "missing" daughter, who he claimed was seen being carried away by a woman in black.

As it turned out, the girl was in the company of her mother after a family dispute, and he was aware of that, police said.

Late yesterday, the man apologized but insisted that "the girl has not been found." His weibo account will be locked for 15 days, according to police.

The case came to light after Shanghai police yesterday dismissed a rumor on weibo that a baby girl was abducted in Baoshan District.

Police said the girl was taken away by her mother, who had a dispute with her father, and warned the blogger, believed to be the girl's father, "not to distort the facts."

The man's post about the girl being taken by a woman in black was retweeted more than 50,000 times among the online users.

Police said the girl's mother had notified the man about taking the girl with her. In a blog post yesterday, the man said he was in a police station. He also deleted the previous post about the missing girl.

After the incident, many Internet users vented their anger on the man's page.

"You have no sense of shame, taking the advantage of people's kindness," one commenter said.

It's not the first time that a popular post turned out to be untrue.

An Internet user named "Shanghai Hooligan" claimed to be a pickpocket and showed off cellphones he had supposedly stolen. The item was heavily reposted.

But police found he was only a marketer for one of the brands he said he had stolen.


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