A video went viral on social media claiming to be visuals of flooding in the international award-winning Bus Rapid Transit project, BRT-Peshawar station.
(Screenshot from Twitter post)
بارش میں ایوارڈ یافتہ بی آر ٹی سٹشن کی اک جھلک ! pic.twitter.com/gcPK4oYhMH— AliAkbar (@AliGunjai) July 21, 2022
In order to investigate the claim, we extracted key frames of the shared video and performed a reverse image search.
Search revealed that the video dates back to 2nd September 2021 from New York, United States of America.
(Screenshot from Meaww news website article)
Misinformation/ False Context
Our fact-check confirmed that the viral video dates back to 2nd September 2022 flooding in New York. The video was shared in a misleading context to mock and defame the BRT project inaugurated by former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent social media accounts are involved in disseminating disinformation.|
|Behavior||Misleading statement was posted to blame previous government for being incompetent.|
|Content||Social Media post.|
|Degree||Target audience of this post was the general public, the purpose of sharing it was to blame PTI for poorly managing the project. No synthetic means were used to make the post viral.|
|Effect||The post was shared and widely circulated by supporters of ruling parties, and PTI was highly criticized for poor management.|