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    Jul 27, 2016

    People Are Panicking Over Claims That A YouTuber Was Kidnapped By ISIS

    I don't even know where to begin with this.

    Overnight, an online panic broke out about the fate of YouTube star Marina Joyce, a 19-year-old Briton best known for her beauty vlogs.

    The panic was sparked by a theory that Joyce whispered "help me" 13 seconds into her latest video.

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    Soon there were hundreds of tweets and blogs making the claim that Joyce had been kidnapped and was being forced to make videos against her will. The hashtag #SaveMarinaJoyce began to trend worldwide.

    The Metropolitan police confirmed on Wednesday morning that Joyce is in fact safe.

    Officers have visited YouTube user Marina Joyce. She is safe and well. #ETeam #savemarinajoyce

    As has Joyce herself.

    #savemarinajoyce Im TOTALLY fine guys, i am feeling very good today and its actually so heartwarming to see so many people care about me

    She also attempted to reassure fans with a livestream broadcast on Wednesday morning.

    The panic had escalated last night following a tweet from Joyce's account inviting people to meet her at 6:30am in Bethnal Green, London.

    Meet me Bethnal Green at 6:30am if you would like to join partying with me at that event ^-^ bring a friend so you dont get lost

    It appears she was in fact tweeting about a morning dance event that's due to happen on 3 August in the area.

    But soon there were a number of people claiming that it was a trap.

    A number of Twitter accounts suggested the tweet might be lure for a terrorist attack.

    And then people, many of them from the US, started flagging how dangerous Bethnal Green is based on internet research.

    The thing is, a lot of these people were American teens who'd never been to Bethnal Green, and weren't aware it's actually a pretty gentrified bit of east London.

    And now there is – how to put this – a lot of banter.

    the way ppl are describing Bethnal Green like it's fucking war torn, Jesus Christ

    Americans saying Bethnal Green is not open at 06:30 AM is fucking killing me 😭😭😭😭 LOOOOOOOL #savemarinajoyce

    americans talking about bethnal green like its some sort of mafia gang hideout is making me laugh

    the sainsburys local in Bethnal Green does the buffest baguettes tbh

    At Bethnal Green now, bit early but no sign of Melina Joyce. We'll start the rave early #SaveMarinaJoyce

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    Tomorrow's scenes at Bethnal Green #SaveMarinaJoyce

    OMFGGGGGG THIS WEIRD MAN STARTED CHASING ME AT BETHNAL GREEN GARDENS AND WAS SHOUTING PUMP IT UP #savemarinajoyce

    Bethnal Green is about as sketchy as your mum, you little dweebs

    BETHNAL GREEN IS FUCKIN' #LIT RIGHT NOW! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ #savemarinajoyce

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