"Viral" Photo of Trayvon Martin Protests in SF is Fake

Photo of 800,000 people crossing Golden Gate Bridge is not Zimmerman-related.

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    NBC Bay Area
    This, not a shot of hundreds of thousands of people crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, is an accurate depiction of protests over the Zimmerman acquittal.

    Whether too good or too bad, it's definitely not true.

    A photo circulating the Internet of what's supposed to be protests in San Francisco following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin is quite spectacular: the Golden Gate Bridge, awash with people.

    Except there's a problem: the photo is not of protests. It's of a party from nearly 30 years ago, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Hundreds of people, not hundreds of thousands of celebrants marking the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, marched in San Francisco to protest what they believed is a miscarriage of justice when Zimmerman was acquitted of charges in the shooting death of Martin, the newspaper reported.

    That hasn't stopped Internet tricksters and fooled photo-sharers from circulating a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge celebration and claiming -- or mistakenly claiming -- that it's a photo of protests, the newspaper reported.

    Social media has figured heavily into the Martin case, the newspaper reported. And true to form, the picture of the Bridgewalk in 1987, when 800,000 people walked from San Francisco to Marin and back on the bridge has gone "viral" on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the newspaper reported.