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No, Malcolm Turnbull Did Not Drown In A Sea Of Angry Faces During His Facebook Live

Turnbull's Facebook Live yesterday might not have gone perfectly, but it definitely didn't go THIS badly.

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Here it is: the prime minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, in the middle of a Facebook Live on proposed changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Angry emoji reactions flood the screen. An iconic image to represent an apparent growing disillusionment in the Turnbull government. If it were real.

The screenshot of Turnbull is actually a crude photoshop, based on a similar image of US president Donald Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer, which is also 'shopped.

Hello this picture of Turnbull is a version of this one of Sean Spicer, which is also a photoshop.

Here are the two images layered on top of each other.

It's a bit blurry, but you get the idea.
Brad Esposito for BuzzFeed News / Facebook: MalcolmTurnbull

It's a bit blurry, but you get the idea.

The fact the image of Turnbull drowning in a sea of anger was fake didn't stop it going viral yesterday. Hundreds of people retweeted the image.

This is a real screenshot of @TurnbullMalcolm FB livestream from this afternoon. I know it looks like I am kidding,…

PM's Facebook live going down a treat.

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Get the St Bernards, it's an avalanche. RT @rharris334: PM's Facebook live going down a treat.

Creator of the image @Jarred1337 told BuzzFeed News: "Some blue ticks [people verified on Twitter] got greedy for retweets without realising it was a very bad photoshop".

"I think it resonated with how a lot of people feel though. Hopefully some found it funny."

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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