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- Several photos of bubble tea have been mischaracterized as showing “sheep feces” popular in China.
But the small, black balls pictured are not ovine droppings. It’s the chewy tapioca found in bubble tea.
These posts were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
A reverse image search leads to an Aug. 4 story on the China Post’s website about the pictures shocking people in Taiwan after they were posted on social media, but not because the drinks were full of poop.
Rather, people were surprised by how much tapioca, or boba, was in the tea.
"Did you order a glass of bubble tea or a glass of boba pearls?" one person commented, according to the story.
We found no evidence that feces is popular in China, either.
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