A video went viral on social media claiming that the vessel ruptured as soon as oil was supplied to the tank of the ship for the transport of 600 crores taka worth of oil.
(Screenshot from Facebook post)
Using AI assisted tools we extracted key frames of the shared video and performed a reverse image search.
(Frozen keyframe of the video)
Reverse image search revealed that the video dates back to 17th November 2015 from Indonesia.
(Screenshot from YouTube video)
False / Misleading
Our fact-check confirmed that an old video of the sinking of a ferry named ‘KM Wihan Sejahtera’ in Indonesia in 2015 is being circulated on Facebook with misleading captions.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent accounts on Facebook are involved in spreading misinformation on social media.|
|Behavior||An old video of an oil ferry sinking from Indonesia is circulated widely on the internet, to make people believe this incident took place in Bangladesh recently.|
|Content||Social Media posts.|
|Degree||The targeted audience of the post was the general public of Bangladesh. No synthetic means were used to make content viral.|
|Effect||The disinformation was an attempt to mislead the public and created chaos. Users showed concerns and prayed for the safety of the crew.|