In the latest instalment of her “Backstory” series, Gill Moodie writes exclusively for

Social networks such as Twitter are nothing if not irreverent and that peculiar Sunday Times splash of the past weekend – of a Facebook fan page displaying a picture of a white man with a rifle posing over the apparently lifeless body of a black child – came in for a roasting in the Twitterverse.By Sunday afternoon other journalists – alerted by Mandy Wiener at Eyewitness News – were saying stories about the picture had been done in 2008 and that the picture was a hoax.

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