The Tencent News article headline is worrying: 'Shenzhen Shared-bikes Have Needles Inserted in Their Seats.'
The headline is also wrong.
Citing the Shenzhen Traffic Police Weibo account, the four images of different shared bikes in the article suggest an ongoing Shenzhen epidemic of malicious pranksters.
Except the images are old – and likely aren't from Shenzhen.
And while that account's post came from Shenzhen's Pingshan, the images were apparently all taken from articles hosted by a QQ news service, like this article.
A reverse image search with Google shows that many of the pictures have been on the Internet for months, with at least one report saying the image came from a different Chinese city.
This image appears to have become popular on Twitter in mid-March.
A Google image search of the above picture shows it has been being used in reports for months.
Or maybe you should be afraid. Who really knows where the picture was taken? Our recommendation: check the seat before your next shared bike excursion, just to be safe.