Fact Checks ☑️

Fact Checks ☑️

This video has circulated in reports about a traffic accident in Brazil
A video has been viewed hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter published in August 2020 alongside a claim it shows the aftermath of a tank driving through a crowd of protesters in Portland, US. This claim is misleading; the video previously circulated in reports about a traffic accident in August 2020 in southern Brazil; Portuguese can be heard spoken in the video.

A 2018 video is being misrepresented as 'breaking news' about a fatal stabbing at a restaurant
A video has been shared hundreds of thousands of times on Twitter alongside a claim that it shows a fatal stabbing at a restaurant in August 2020. The claim is false; this video has circulated online since June 2018 in reports about a deadly assault in Beijing, China.

Hoax circulates online that bumblebees use 'acoustic levitation' to fly
A claim that bumblebees use “acoustic levitation” to fly has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook. The claim is false; bees use a specific aerodynamic phenomenon called “leading edge vortices” to fly, not “acoustic levitation”.

The video is a parody sketch aired on French TV
Footage has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows a family killed by a teenage boy who was addicted to video games. The claim is false; the footage is actually a parody sketch which aired on French TV channel Canal+ in 2020.

This photo has circulated in 2018 reports about an incident in southern India
An image of two young children in distress was published in multiple Facebook posts that claim the photo was taken during a religious ritual in Jaffna, a city in northern Sri Lanka. The claim is misleading; the photo has circulated in reports about an incident that occurred at a temple in the southern Indian city of Chennai in 2018.

This photo was actually taken at a branch of a Singaporean bank in India
A photo has been shared on multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows foreign staff in the IT department of a bank in Singapore. The claim is false; the photo was actually taken at the bank’s India branch.

This footage shows Indian soldiers celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in the Shingo River Valley in September 2019
Footage of Indian soldiers celebrating the Hindu festival Ganesh Chaturthi has been viewed thousands of times in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts alongside a claim that the video shows troops in the Galwan Valley in India’s Ladakh region. The claim is misleading; the video in fact shows troops celebrating in the Shingo River Valley, at least 230 kilometers west of the Galwan Valley.

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