Video case studies

The most interesting fake news stories that we’ve debunked in our weekly show.
The most interesting fake news stories that we’ve debunked in our weekly show.

The FRANCE 24 Observers team has been working on fact-checking and verifying amateur video and images for 10 years. In our weekly show, we regularly go back to look at some of the most interesting 'fake news' stories that we’ve debunked – and we explain step-by-step how you can verify video and images too.

There are different ways of debunking fake news, and in this section we’ll show you examples of stories that we’ve proven to be false, and how we did it. Head over to our YouTube channel to see more videos about debunking fake news.


Is the rice on your plate made of plastic? No! And we show you why...

In Africa, videos often circulate that claim to ‘prove’ that rice containing plastic is being sold to African consumers. The most recent wave happened in May 2017. So we produced a segment explaining why this rumour is completely false.

Fake news about migrants: the same images used in both Turkey and France

The FRANCE 24 Observers team collaborated with Turkish fact-checkers on a project in December 2017 that aimed to create a database of the false information circulating about migrants. Gülin Cavus, a journalist from, and Observers journalist Liselotte Mas show us what they found out.

Misinformation around the French presidential election

We certainly weren’t short of fake news during the French presidential elections in 2017. Here are just a few examples of some rumours we debunked, in partnership with Crosscheck, an organisation of French journalists fighting against misinformation online.

Spotting and debunking health myths circulating on the internet in Africa

It’s pretty common to see health advice being shared on social media in West Africa. However, some of the suggestions can be not only completely false, but sometimes even dangerous. In March 2018, we partnered with fact-checking site Africa Check to investigate some dubious health advice that was being shared online.

No, Papa Wemba wasn’t poisoned by his microphone!

In May 2016, African social media was abuzz about a video that tried to show how Papa Wemba, the famous Congolese rumba singer, was poisoned while he was on stage... by his own microphone! We were able to shatter this theory with a quick and simple fact-check.

How to create a buzz online with a video of a staged bicycle accident

Some things really are too good to be true, and that was the case with this viral video in May 2017 that showed what happened when a man on a skateboard met someone on a bike. It was so beautifully timed, it was almost like it was rehearsed. And, well...