Facebook fails to capture fake 'supermoon' video which got 16 million views

Did you see the 'supermoon' over the Temple of Poseidon in the south of Greece? Well, it was fake.

  • Published: February 1, 2018 11:12 AM IST

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The Super Blue Blood Moon lunar eclipse has come and gone. While some soaked in the first hand experience of witnessing a red moon, there were millions who relied on social media channels such as Facebook to get a glimpse of the event. A Facebook Live video has been doing the rounds showcasing the ‘supermoon’ in full glory. Turns out, the live video of the “supermoon” over Greece was nothing but a still image with wind sounds in the background.

According to CNN, who first reported the incident, said that the video got more than 16 million times views over four hours. The stream featured a nine-year-old still picture of the moon over the Temple of Poseidon in the south of Greece. The image was overlaid with a current timestamp and the sound of the wind was added in an attempt to make it seem live. This, apparently was undetected by the social networking giant.

Taking about the source of the video, the video was posted on a Facebook page named “EBUZZ,” which has more than 250,000 followers. The page appears to be run anonymously, and it doesn’t offer a way to contact its administrators.

The video was later removed from the platform. Facebook told CNN the video was removed for violating the site’s policies. CNN’s report further mentions that the photo used was taken by Chris Kotsiopoulos, an amateur photographer.

While social media is a beneficial tool for to spread weather alerts and other important news quickly, it also gives people a platform to rapidly spread a lie. All it takes is one person to find an old picture or video, rebrand it as current and share it on their page or timeline and it definitely has the potential to go viral all over again.

  • Published Date: February 1, 2018 11:12 AM IST