The real Dylan Welch, who works for ABC Investigations in Australia, saw that his Twitter account had been impersonated in order to spread false information about a supposed Afghan McDonald’s. Welch took to Twitter to set the record straight. “Someone has created a fake tweet pretending it’s from me about US Marines and a restaurant in Kabul called Mcdonald’s,” Welch tweeted. “I didn’t write it.
Please ignore it and focus instead on the plight of the millions of people in #Afghanistan abandoned by the int’l community.” The fake tweet had surfaced on Facebook and Instagram, according to Reuters. Ironically, it probably never appeared on Twitter. As one Twitter commenter observed, the fake tweet looked like it had been Photoshopped. Reuters dug a little and traced the fake tweet to a 4Chan forum.
The Washington Post reported on August 18 that efforts continue to evacuate thousands of Americans and certain Afghans from Kabul. The U.S. military had withdrawn from Afghanistan, which led to a quick Taliban takeover of the country. Now, American troops are returning to safeguard the evacuation effort.