A video, captioned “BJP supporters watching #ExitPoll2019 @ London” has gone viral on social media; it shows a crowd cheering in a pub as a big screen streams the exit polls, predicting an NDA victory in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
The video has been widely shared on Facebook, in particular.
TRUE OR FALSE?
The video has been morphed, and carries the watermark “Atheist_Krishna”, a well-known photo and video editor on Twitter.
In fact, the same video can be found on his timeline as well. An archived version of the post can be accessed here.
This video template was earlier used in March this year to show the crowd cheering as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over by Pakistan to India.
The Quint had then ascertained that the above video been morphed to make it seem as though a crowd was cheering for Abhinandan as he returned to India after spending three days in Pakistani custody.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
A reverse image search for one of the keyframes on Yandex took us to a similar video. However, this video showed the crowed cheering as a 'DVD Video' logo bounced off the screen's four corners.
When we broke down this video in turn and conducted a reverse image search of the keyframes, we chanced upon a Reddit thread on the video, where one user had pointed out that the original video could have been from either the Euro Cup finals or a World Cup match.
When we searched YouTube again with the keywords "England scoring World Cup + crowd cheering," we found the original video of the incident, which was published on 16 June 2016.
The description claims that the video was from the Ashton Gate stadium, where fans watching the Euro 2016 cheered to celebrate "Daniel Sturridge's late winner for England against Wales."
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