A Norwegian anti-immigration group uploaded a picture of a bus filled with women wearing burkas on Facebook.
An obviously confused member of the group, which is named "Fatherland First", posted an image of dark-coloured empty bus seats with the question: "What do people think about this?"
Many said the picture was "scary", "tragic" and even a sign of the "Islamification" of Norway, reports the Local. Others decried that such a thing could happen in Norway (it didn't) and anxious that the phantom passengers could have "weapons and bombs" under their garments (they didn't because, well, there were no passengers).
Another said: 'I thought it would be like this in the year 2050, but it is happening NOW!' "May be terrorists with weapons", one user wrote, because I guess you never know who could be hiding in the lining of a bus seat.
"What happens when a picture of some empty seats is posted in a group on Facebook and nearly everyone thinks they see a bunch of burqas?" he wrote.More news: Teen opens emergency exit, jumps out of plane onto SFO tarmac
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A man played a practical joke on an anti-immigrant Facebook group in Norway and the results were a microcosm of the bigotry and fear undercutting Europe.
Sindre Beyer posted the responses saying he was shocked at the amount of fake news being spread by right wingers.
But on closer inspection, it appears the photo does not show a group of women in burqas, but simply a collection of bus seats. No, just empty seats.
"People see what they want to see and what they want to see are unsafe Muslims", Norwegian Centre Against Racism head Rune Berglund Steen told The Local, an English-language Norwegian news site. "In a way, it's an interesting test of how quickly people can find confirmations of their own delusions".
If you're the type of person who's terrified of people who are different than you, it's not a surprise that you may see threats that aren't there.