Watch out for fake video of 'Muslim army' at Europe's borders
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A lot of false information - especially false photos - circulates on popular social media accounts. One of the most recent examples is a post on September 10 from an American Twitter user who shared a video showing trains jam-packed with people, some even sitting on the roof, and claimed that it depicted the failure of world leaders to halt the advance of the “Muslim army” on Europe.
During the 30-second video clip, you see trains bursting with passengers. Different camera angles reveal people who are stuffed like sardines inside the carriages as well as scores clinging to the roof. Large crowds are also clamouring next to the trains.
Bruce Porter, the man who posted the photo on Twitter, wrote this caption:
Porter’s tweet appears to be referring to the large number of refugees, notably from the war-torn countries Syria and Iraq, who are seeking asylum in Europe.
On his Twitter account, Porter describes himself as an entrepreneur, athlete and globetrotter. A quick scroll through his tweets reveals that he hates Hillary Clinton, loves Donald Trump and that he is convinced that Muslim people are destroying Europe and will soon threaten the United States as well. His xenophobic views have so far earned him 59,900 followers -- no small number on Twitter. His tweet from September 10 was retweeted more than 1,200 times.
The video was not filmed in Europe
However, in reality, the video doesn’t show what Porter claims it does. The video wasn’t filmed on Europe’s borders… it was actually filmed in Bangladesh. This was first pointed out by a Twitter user who replied to Porter’s tweet. This user shared a longer video, which contained the footage that Porter had shared.
The introduction to this longer video explains that the scene was caught on camera in a train station in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, during Eid celebrations, when many people leave the city to celebrate the holiday with their families. The video was posted on YouTube in September 2015, during Eid. That said, this doesn’t prove that the video was actually filmed then.
But while we can’t be certain of the date this footage was taken, it is easy to see that it wasn’t filmed in Europe. Check out the signs: the writing on them does not use Latin or Cyrillic letters, which are the alphabets used in Europe. It is Bengali script, which is used in Bangladesh.
For more info, check out our guide to verifying images that you come across on the web!