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Fake News: Hungarian Border Police NOT Keeping Muslims From Crossing Border Using Pigs

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:26:32 Z)

Is the Hungarian Border Police deploying pigs to keep muslims from crossing the border? No, that's not true: an image making that claim is digitally altered. Here's an example of the image:

hungarianpolice.jpeg

The caption reads "Here's How Hungarian Border Police Are Keeping Muslims From Crossing Their Border..."

Screenshot of https://gab.ai/media/image/bq-5c05efb29886c.jpeg

The image is a digital composite of several photos. The police in Hungary are really named Rendőrség so that part of the image has an actual Hungarian connection. We are not sure who the people in the background are as that part of the photo was too grainy to result in any matches in image search engines. But we are pretty sure the pig never was in Hungary. It was last seen in the Philippines in 2015:

Typhoon Koppu leaves 11 dead in Philippines | The Star

CABANATUAN, PHILIPPINES-Army, police and civilian volunteers rushed Monday to rescue hundreds of villagers trapped in their flooded homes and on rooftops in a northern Philippine province battered by slow-moving Typhoon Koppu, officials said. The typhoon blew ashore into northeastern Aurora province early Sunday, leaving at least 11 dead, forcing more than 65,000 villagers from their homes, and leaving nine provinces without electricity.

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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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