Facebook has made a disastrous error by posting an Egypt video clip purporting to be a scene of devastation of the Nepal earthquake, the BBC has claimed.
The dramatic video shows a building coming down under the sudden impact of a major earthquake and people fleeing helter-skelter. The video is true and the victims are genuine but it just isn’t Nepal. The destruction actually took place 5,000 kilometres away from the Himalayan nation. It is Egypt.
A journalist with BBC’s User Generated Content (UGC) verification hub initially detected something not-right when she detected Egyptian Arabic accent amid the terrified uproar in the background. In the original and complete video, Omayma el Zulafi also spotted signs in Arabic and an Egyptian policeman, confirming the Egyptian origin of the video.
Facebook is not alone in knowingly and unknowingly posting videos and photos purporting to show the devastation of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 which ultimately led to the deaths of nearly 9000 people.
A photo showing a little boy hugging his younger sister went viral after the Nepal earthquake but it ultimately turned out to be nothing more than a fake representation of the tragedy when the real photographer of the photo came out to claim that it was in fact taken in 2007 – far from Nepal, in Ha Giang province of Vietnam.
“I was passing through the village but was stopped by the scene of two Hmong children playing in front of their house while their parents were away working in the field,” Na Son Nguyen, the original photographer, explained the history of the photo in the aftermath of the mega-earthquake, “The little girl, probably two years old, cried in the presence of a stranger so the boy, who was maybe three years old or so, hugged his sister to comfort her.”
BBC also said that the video showing tall waves in a hotel swimming pool was not from Nepal but it was actually from Mexico.