As frustration start to creep in international efforts to search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, hoax news makers continue to attempt to make money out of the confusing situation. The latest fake news is that Flight 370's black box has allegedly been found, according to a Web site called D'AmazingNews whose so-called video in Facebook, when clicked, would seek access to the member's public profile, friend list and email address.
In YouTube, another video posted by Xavier Da Costa likewise makes the same claim and even warns that the material contains graphic sounds.
This third social media hoax follows two other fake news that state the missing plane has been found either in the Bermuda Triangle or Indian Ocean , where search teams continue to look for objects that could possibly be the debris of the missing jet bound for Beijing that carried 239 people.
While Time magazine reports that probers are considering the possibility that the missing aircraft may never be found at all, a faint ray of hope was reported on late Saturday night that a Chinese ship detected a pulse signal in southern Indian Ocean waters.
The black box detector of Haixun 01, the Chinese vessels that is part of the multinational search effort, picked up a signal at 37.5Hz per second at 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longtitude, reported Chinese official news agency Xinhua.
Prior to the report of the signal, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar was quoted by AP as saying, "At the end of the investigation, we may not even know the real cause. We may not even know the reason for this incident."
After taking over 170 statements, and probers plan to get more, the investigation is focused on three possibilities. These are hijacking, sabotage and psychological problems of anyone aboard the ill-fated flight, Mr Khalid said.
University of New South Wales aviation professor Jason Middleton told Time that even if the black box would be located and retrieved, it could only provide limited data such as heading, altitude and speed of the plane and two hours of recorded noise from the cockpit. Investigators would still need to put together a lot of information collated.
Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the country will not stop looking for MH370 as he announced the appointment of an independent investigating body made up of three teams that would look into airworthiness, including maintenance, structures and systems; operations such as flight recorders and meteorology; and medical and human factors.
While the report of China picking up signals may spark another ray of hope for the relatives of the passengers and crew, hoax makers are exploiting these faint possibilities with fake videos that social media users should always be wary of.