Fact-Check: News Outlets Share Stock Photo of a Young Boy as Visuals From Turkey

The photo is a stock image that we found on Shutterstock and Adobe Stock's websites.

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Several social media users and news organisations shared a photo of a young boy sitting on rubble linking it to the recent earthquakes which hit Turkey and Syria on 6 and 7 February, claiming as many as 11,000 lives.

Who shared this photo?: News organisations such as Down To Earth, Lokmat Hindi, ABP Mazha, ETV Bharat, and News18 Hindi shared the photo.

(Note: Swipe right to view some of the claims.)

  • An archived version of this article can be seen here.

    (Source: Down To Earth/Screenshot)

But...?: The image is a stock photo and doesn't show recent visuals from Turkey or Syria.


How did we find out?: We ran a reverse image search on the viral photo.

  • The results led us to Shutterstock – a stock image website – which had the same photo on its website.

  • It was published crediting the photo to one Zapylaieva Hanna.

The photo is a stock image that we found on Shutterstock and Adobe Stock's websites.

We found the photo on stock image website.

(Source: Shutterstock/Altered by The Quint)

  • We looked for the photographer's social media profiles and came across one on Facebook.

  • Hanna had shared this photo mentioning that she had taken the photo in an old, destroyed building in Goloseevsky Park (in Kyiv) during Easter in 2018.

The photo is a stock image that we found on Shutterstock and Adobe Stock's websites.

The photo was used in an article about the effect of childhood trauma in adult relationships.

(Source: Gulf News/Screenshot)

Team WebQoof has debunked several claims surrounding the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, some of which you can read here, here, here, and here.

Conclusion: The photograph of a boy sitting amid rubble is a stock image, and not related to the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

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