Turkish president Erdogan’s re-election sparks flurry of fake videos
30 May 2023 | 4:13 pm
Since Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s reelection on Sunday, videos purporting to show Muslims celebrating his victory at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem have been widely shared by Turkish media outlets online. So has a video showing people calling for Erdogan’s opponent, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to resign, outside the headquarters of his party. The videos themselves are not fake, but have been taken out of context, as we explain in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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