Russian social media channels and media are sharing a doctored video that alleges Poland will form army units of "non-traditional orientation". We disprove these claims in this edition of Truth or Fake.
Russia recently accused Ukraine of fabricating a "dirty bomb". These allegations were made on official Kremlin Telegram and Twitter accounts, accompanied by explanatory slides that seemed to implicitly support their claims. However, we found that many of the images are unrelated to the accusations. For example, some of the images presented as Ukrainian nuclear plants are actually Russian nuclear facilities.
8 Sep 2022
A video from a film production in Ukraine was falsely shared on social media. Pro-Kremlin users claim that the video is evidence that Ukraine is staging Russian atrocities. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
17 Jun 2022
In an online video, a train is seen transporting tanks. Claims on social media have suggested that these images show Finland sending military equipment towards the Russian border. The video was seen by some as a sign of imminent conflict and an escalation of the war in Ukraine. FRANCE 24's Georgina Robertson and Sophie Samaille take a look at the video in more detail.
5 Jun 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited wounded soldiers from the war in Ukraine for the first time on May 25. Following this visit to a Moscow hospital, users claimed that Putin used secret service bodyguards as extras to pose as "'injured soldiers" as he's extremely paranoid about his safety. Is there any truth to these claims? We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
3 Jun 2022
Some users are claiming that US channels CNN & NBC News presented two different men as the father of the same Uvalde school shooting victim. We show you why this claim is bogus. Meanwhile in other news, some users mistakenly believe that the colours of the Ukrainian flag have been added to the Pride flag. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
29 May 2022
In March 2022, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed that the UK has taken in "more vulnerable people fleeing theatres of conflict than any other country in Europe." FRANCE 24's Georgina Robertson and Sophie Samaille unpack some of the key figures about refugees in Europe.
1 May 2022
In one of the final televised debates before the first round of the French presidential election, the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon claimed that if he were elected, he would become the head of the European Union for six months. FRANCE 24's Georgina Robertson and Sophie Samaille look at what it actually means to be at the helm of the Presidency of the Council of the EU and how long the French presidency will last.
18 Apr 2022
The false claim that Slovakia opposes NATO and is instead turning toward Russia was made using a video posted on Twitter on March 10. However, the video takes out of context a protest involving Slovakian MPs from nationalist parties about an agreement between Slovakia and its NATO partner, the United States. Georgina Robertson and Sophie Samaille have the story.
17 Apr 2022
In late March, the Malian armed forces and suspected Russian mercenaries allegedly executed about 300 people in Moura, a village in central Mali. Human Rights Watch opened an investigation into the matter, calling it a massacre. In order to discredit these findings, photos online claim to show hundreds of weapons belonging to civilians, seized by the Malian army. However, the photos have nothing to do with the current situation in Moura. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
2 Apr 2022
A video with more than 1 million views on TikTok shows a woman allegedly interrupting the live broadcast of a Ukrainian news channel to denounce President Zelensky. The video, reminiscent of Marina Ovsyannikova's protest on Russian state TV, was digitally edited. It comes from a pro-Russian TikTok account that creates satirical content. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
24 Mar 2022
During French Press and Media in Schools Week from March 21 to 26, the FRANCE 24 Observers team when to meet a class of students from the Paul Valéry high school in Paris. We answered their questions about disinformation and exchanged tips on how to sort the real from the fake. This report covers our experience, and ends with an image the students verified themselves.