Video Game Footage Viral as ‘IAF Airstrikes in PoK’
The same footage went viral with false claims after the Balakot airstrike in 2019.
Video Editor: Ashutosh Bhardwaj
On Thursday, 20 November, several news channels, based on a report by news agency PTI, reported that the Indian Army had carried out ‘pinpoint strikes’ to destroy terror launchpads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). This claim was later refuted by the Indian Army.
Amid this, footage from a video game Arma 2 went viral on social media with several users passing it off as the “exclusive footage” of the attack.
The video is being shared on Facebook and Twitter with a claim which reads: “ Big Breaking News:- One more #AirStrike by @IAF_MCC in the Pok, Many #terrorists and their training camps demolished by #indianairforce Many terrorists also killed in this air strike.” (sic)
Some users also insinuated that the said airstrikes are a gift from the forces to the country this Diwali.
WHAT WE FOUND
The fact that the Indian Army had refuted claims of any strikes in PoK meant that the visuals being circulated on social media were unrelated. To further verify them, we fragmented the video into several keyframes using the InVid Google Chrome extension and ran a reverse image search.
According to the description of this video, it is from a video game called Arma 2. Next, we compared the frames from the viral with those of the video game footage and found that the viral clip was indeed lifted from Arma 2.
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