New Delhi: A video showing a reporter in front of several bodies on a road has gone viral on social media. Many assumed the video was from Ukraine. During the clip, one of the bodies, wrapped in black plastic, was spotted moving, leading to backlash on social media with some people calling the reports of civilian deaths in the Ukrainian war a ‘propaganda by the West’.
— Su-57 5th Gen Fighter (@5thSu) March 1, 2022
Attention! A FAKE STORY about a humanitarian catastrophe is being filmed in Poland right now.
Fortunately, the "fake-makers" "screwed up" on the air.
Unfortunately, a lot of videos from this category are expected. pic.twitter.com/tQexRRGR1B
— Spriter (@spriter99880) March 1, 2022
The video has been widely shared on Twitter and other social media platforms. Many claimed that they have caught the ‘behind the scenes’ of the war in Ukraine on live camera.
Arun Pudur, founder and group president of Celframe Corporation, said ‘the entire PR disaster is falling apart very fast’.
Miracle! Death Ukrainians coming to life after dying on social media but caught on live camera.
This entire PR disaster is falling apart very fast.
— Arun Pudur (@arunpudur) March 1, 2022
A tweet by the handle @moronhumor posted the video with the caption “Behind the scenes”, without any mention of Ukraine. The post has over 1000 retweets.
Behind the Scenes 😳😳 pic.twitter.com/4JR4by28Y9
— Yo Yo Funny Singh 🇮🇳 (@moronhumor) March 1, 2022
The video is not from Ukraine but of a demonstration against climate change held last month on 4 February in Vienna. The person in front of the camera was a Germany-based reporter, Marvin Bergauer, who reported for the news channel OE24.TV.
In the video, Bergauer was speaking in German which could have contributed to many people misinterpreting the news report.
— Sk Boz, PhD 💙 (@skbozphd) February 28, 2022
(In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer)