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A recording posted to Martine Moise's Twitter was originally believed to be from the first lady. This claim has since been debunked. Twitter photo

When Haiti’s interim Prime Minister and de facto president Claude Joseph reported the death of Jovenel Moise early Wednesday morning, the news not only set the world abuzz, it sent Haitian social media into overdrive. With Haiti shooting back into the international spotlight, messaging applications and social media feeds are overflowing with outright false or outdated information and conspiracy “who-dun-it” theories. 

On Saturday morning, many heard a voice message posted to the Twitter account of Haiti First Lady Martine Moise, who was seriously injured in the attack and recovering from gunshot wounds in Florida. Listeners soon pointed out, after comparing to previous recordings, that the voice in the audio released on Twitter did not sound like Moïse.

Fake images of the dead president were also circulating on social media since his June 7 assassination. One image apparently showed the body of Jovenel Moise with its face wrapped in gauze. The judge of the peace that examined the scene said the image was not Jovenel’s body, The Haitian Times has confirmed. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.