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Fake News: Video Does NOT Show How M62 Crash Happened

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 02 Mar 2018 22:44:28 Z)

A Facebook user by the name of "Shaf Mahmood" posted a video that went massively viral and which purported to show a crash on the M62 motorway, presumably the one that happened on March 2nd 2018 near Manchester and which resulted in hours and hours of totally stuck traffic in the middle of a blizzard. We've embedded the post here (archived here in case it goes down):

The video is clearly not from the United Kingdom because the cars are driving on the right side of the road. A further clue is provided by the "IowaDot" marking in the top right corner. A bit of searching on the web reveals the crash shown in the video actually happened near Ames, Iowa on February 5th 2018:

In case that video goes down too, here is another copy on Streamable.com:

So don't be fooled by this fake video!


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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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