Fb – Stock photograph of actors posing as medical employees shared in deceptive Fb posts selling coronavirus pandemic denial
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A stock photograph of two actors posing as medical employees whereas carrying a pretend physique bag has been shared a whole bunch of instances in deceptive Fb posts which promote coronavirus pandemic denial. The unique photograph company that licensed the picture clearly labelled it as a staged photograph.
The picture and the declare was shared in a New Zealand-based Fb group right here. The publish has been interacted with greater than 100 instances.
Textual content superimposed above the picture reads: “Look how strong these two women are. They carry a body with two fingers. If you still believe this covid thing, pray to god to give you your brain back.”
An analogous declare was additionally shared a whole bunch of instances in different languages; for instance right here, right here, right here and right here.
The declare, nevertheless, is deceptive.
The picture was initially revealed right here on EyeEm, a industrial stock picture platform, and is credited to Thailand-based photographer Panyawat Boontanom.
An EyeEm spokesperson confirmed that the picture is a recreation “that has been staged and the models were paid for the creation of the picture”.
“Stock photos are often produced in a staged set up to avoid the need of having real models or locations being shown in the images,” the spokesperson defined in an e mail to AFP on November 24. “EyeEm allows photographers to upload their images to the EyeEm marketplace in order to offer their images for licensing. A part of this business includes stock photographers who create photographs to represent specific events or situations.”
With credit score to Boontanom and EyeEm, the photograph of the 2 girls carrying the physique bag was additionally revealed by Getty Pictures right here. The photograph is offered for licensing underneath Getty’s artistic content material, which differs from the photograph company’s news-related editorial content material.
The deceptive posts circulated as international locations worldwide proceed to face surging charges of Covid-19, which has up to now contaminated over 60 million and killed greater than 1.four million individuals globally, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College.
AFP Truth Verify reporters in Serbia and Poland additionally debunked the deceptive claims concerning the physique bag picture right here and right here.
AFP has captured a number of pictures of medical professionals transporting our bodies of people that died after being contaminated by Covid-19, for instance right here, right here and right here.
AFP has debunked greater than 670 items of misinformation surrounding the continued coronavirus pandemic.