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Truth or Fake: This video of Tunisia's president was faked - and then went viral

In Truth or Fake, our fact-checkers have been investigating this video of Tunisia’s president Kais Saied giving a speech. Why did this video recently go viral in Egypt, 10 years after their revolution? Catherine Bennett from the FRANCE 24 Observers explains.
In Truth or Fake, our fact-checkers have been investigating this video of Tunisia’s president Kais Saied giving a speech. Why did this video recently go viral in Egypt, 10 years after their revolution? Catherine Bennett from the FRANCE 24 Observers explains. © FRANCE 24

A video of the Tunisian president giving a speech went viral in Egypt. But why were so many social media users in Egypt interested in what the Tunisian president had to say?

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The video that went viral is actually false: it was given a different audio track.

But in President Kaïs Saïed's "speech" in the video, he announced that Tunisia's army was taking control of the country, and Tunisia was imposing martial law.

After widespread protests at the beginning of Egypt's 2011 revolution, the country's army assumed power. Now this video of a speech by Tunisia's Kaïs Saïed led Egyptians to believe that the same thing was happening in Tunisia, ten years after their revolution.

However, the video was actually created by a Tunisian blogger, who was making a political point. He had no idea that it would get picked up elsewhere - and what's more, taken seriously. 

By using factchecking tools like InVID, we were able to debunk this story. Watch how we went about it in our latest episode of Truth or Fake above.