Fact Checks

Imposter Facebook post uses old photo of child who died following brain surgery
A photo on Facebook of a woman holding a baby with a birth defect went viral in South Africa after the person who posted it asked people to share the image widely, implying it was their son. But the claim was published by an imposter. In reality, the picture is an old image of a girl who died last year. Her mother told AFP Fact Check the photo had been misused multiple times on social media.

Manipulated video falsely shows Biden asleep during a TV interview
As US President Donald Trump continues his attempts to label Joe Biden as “Sleepy,” a video shared across social media claims to show the Democratic challenger for the White House sleeping during a live television interview. This is false; the original video was of an interview with veteran singer and actor Harry Belafonte almost nine years ago, during which he appeared to doze off. The footage was doctored to show Biden sitting in Belafonte’s place.

This video has circulated in a report about severe flooding in Mexico during Hurricane Hanna
A video of cattle being washed away by flood waters has been viewed thousands of times on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim the incident occurred in China in August 2020. The claim is false; the video has previously circulated in a July 2020 report about severe flooding in Mexico during Hurricane Hanna.

This video shows a tsunami crashing into a city in Japan in 2011
A video of water rushing down a street has been shared thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows flooding in China. The claim is false; the video shows a tsunami that hit Japan’s Miyagi prefecture in 2011.

This photo has circulated in reports about an interfaith Indian couple who married in 2016
A photo of a bride and groom at an Indian wedding has been shared thousands of times in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts published in 2020 which claim the bride is the sister of Kapil Mishra, a prominent politician in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. The claim is misleading; the photo has circulated in reports since 2016 about the marriage of a different Hindu woman and a Muslim man.