An attacker killed 22 people and injured dozens more, police say. Many used social media to offer and appeal for help, others used it as an opportunity to troll and put out false information.
Reports that a gunman was on the loose at a nearby hospital, that Grande had been injured in the blast and that she had immediately retired from music all circulated within hours of the explosion which British police are treating as a terrorist incident.
Heres a round up of the fake news stories to watch out for so far:
Ariana Grande Was Not Photographed Backstage, Battered And Bruised
This photograph of a “battered and bruised” Grande was not taken backstage following the explosion. It’s actually from when Grande was filming “Scream Queens” in New Orleans, Louisiana, in June 2015.
A Gunman Was Not On The Loose Outside A Nearby Hospital
Dozens of misleading tweets have falsely suggested that Grande announced her retirement from music in the aftermath of the blast. Her international “Dangerous Woman Tour” has been “postponed indefinitely,” but the singer has made no comment on her music future.