Video Game Footage Passed Off as US Forces Killing Terrorists
A viral video on social media is being shared with a claim that it shows US soldiers killing terrorists.
A video on social media is being shared with a claim that it shows the US Army killing terrorists from a distance of at least 2 kilometres.
The video is being massively circulated on Facebook and Twitter with similar claims.
TRUE OR FALSE?
The Quint was able to confirm that the video is not real. The footage has been taken from a video game and is being shared with a misleading claim.
WHAT WE FOUND
A careful look at the video shows video game-like instructions popping up in the very first second. The instruction reads, “Move W to zoom in and S to zoom out,” referring to keyboard shortcuts. Similar instructions appear multiple times in the video.
Further, on conducting a reverse search, we were directed to similar videos which had been posted by various gaming websites, suggesting that this is footage taken from a video game by the name ‘Medal of Honor’ released in 2010.
Taking a cue from there, we carried out a keyword search using ‘Medal of Honor’ and ‘2010’ following which we were directed to a teaser of the game released by Electronic Arts, an American video game company. ‘Medal of Honor’ is a series of first-person shooter video games developed by the company.
Similar visuals, as seen in the video in circulation, could be seen in the teaser – as well as the videos uploaded by the gaming websites. Therefore, the video in circulation is being shared with a false claim.
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