A video was widely shared on social media from India showing visuals of flood in Karachi, Pakistan. The caption reads as: “Terrible flood situation in Pakistan!! God have mercy.”
(Screenshot from Facebook post)
In order to verify the claim, we extracted key frames and performed a reverse image search of the shared video.
(Frozen keyframes of the video)
Reverse image search revealed that the video is of tsunami in Japan and dates back to 3rd November 2011.
(Screenshot from the YouTube video)
False Context/ Misleading
Our fact-check confirmed that the viral video is not of recent floods in Pakistan. Old video of the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was re-shared with a false context to mislead people.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent social media accounts from India are involved in circulating disinformation.|
|Behavior||An old video from Japan when it was hit by tsunami was associated with recent floods in Pakistan.|
|Content||Social Media posts.|
|Degree||No synthetic means were used to make content viral. The content was mainly shared on Facebook.|
|Effect||The shared video is being circulated to mislead the general public about floods in Pakistan and create chaos.|