After the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted airstrikes, on the 26th of February, WhatsApp was flooded with messages and statuses appreciating the bravery of the Indian pilots.
However, people are also sharing a fake video, which is actually from a game. The Times Of India (TOI) discovered one such video which went viral on WhatsApp. TOI claimed, this video is fake and not the actual footage of the airstrikes.
According to the TOI report, the video, which showed a lot of people being shot, buildings being destroyed and missiles being dropped by big fighter jets, is said to be the work of graphics and is a part of a game.
To prove the claim, TOI conducted a research and found out the origin of the video and said, the video shared on WhatsApp is a snippet from a game called ‘Arma 2.’
Going further with the verification process, TOI said, when they uploaded the fake video on InVid, a Google Chrome extension, the source found a thumbnail, which is said to be from the aforementioned game.
The source analyzed the video and said, “On checking out the YouTube channel by the name of “Abdu-Allah bin Mohammed”, we found links to two videos. The first one took us to a YouTube channel by the name of “Double Doppler” and on seeing the video titled, “Really Short Engagement (ft. Taliban) – Apache Gunner FLIR Cam #6 – Arma 2”, we found that the video that is being shared on WhatsApp is a trimmed version of this one. Arma 2 is an open world, military simulation video game that was released in 2009.”
With their research, The Times of India claimed, the video is fake and advised people not to share this trimmed version as well as the message, “More than 300 terrorists killed by Indian Air Force. Jai Hind!”
Stay tuned for further updates.