Social media went into panic mode this morning after a real estate agency listed a plot of land in Comino for sale for €100 million.
However, it turns out such anger was misplaced and the advert was merely a human error that occurred during the training of a new recruit at Engel & Völkers Sara Grech.
“We were training an assistant how to upload property details into our database using mockup data, but unfortunately she accidentally published it last night,” E&V managing director Benji Tabone told Lovin Malta. “I can confirm that there has been no authorisation or instruction from E&V to sell land in Comino. We’re very pro-Malta and we don’t like being at the centre of such fake news; this was just a unfortunate human error!”
A baptism of fire for this new recruit, to be sure, but also a clear example of how easily misinformation can spread. “Is Comino for sale? What next?” PN MEP candidate and environmental activist Michael Briguglio said in a tweet that was retweeted by the Nationalist Party’s shadow environment minister Jason Azzopardi.
“Buying a slice of Comino…actually 70,000 square metres (equivalent to 23 full-size fuel stations) for the measly sum of €100 million,” said marine biologist Alan Deidun. “Is this for real or just a stunt? Can Engel & Volkers please shed more light, especially since this advert has shocked many?”
Crisis averted for now, but the way so many people were willing to believe something so outrageous certainly gives us some food for thought….