Fake picture appears on social media claiming splash pad to introduce charges

FAKE IMAGE: The false picture that appeared on social media
FAKE IMAGE: The false picture that appeared on social media -Credit:Facebook

An image claiming Wiltshire Council is introducing charges at one of its splash parks is a fake, the local authority has confirmed. The picture, which had been circulating on social media, falsely stated the council would be charging visitors to John Coles Park in Chippenham from June 1.

The pixelated image appeared on Facebook this week, falsely claiming that with the rising cost of the splash pad, Wiltshire Council was being forced to introduce new charges that would be reviewed regularly. However, the council has since confirmed to Gloucestershire Live the image is completely fake.

The local authority said in a statement: “You may have seen a social media post on the Spotted: Wiltshire or Shout Out Calne - Noticeboard Facebook pages about us introducing charges to use the splash pad at John Coles Park in Chippenham. We would like to reassure you that it's not true. Chippenham Town Council manage the park, not us, and they have no plans to charge for people to use the splash pad.”

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It is not known who created the image or why they posted it online. The news follows a flood of recent stories about fake AI-generated images appearing on social media.

Earlier this week, a false image of singer Katy Perry at the Met Gala went viral on X (formerly Twitter). The star, who was not at the event, was forced to issue a statement after her own mother was fooled by the picture.

"lol mom the AI got you too, BEWARE!" Perry said.