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Fake News: Picture Does NOT Show Muslim Women in Michigan With `Down With USA´ Written On Their Hands

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 09 Mar 2019 22:29:16 Z)

Was a picture showing Muslim women with "Down With USA" written on their hands really takein in Michigan? No, the image is from Iran. The caption on the image is incorrect, it reads:

This is not the Middle-East where America is hated and muslim terrorists are born

This is Michigan

An example of the image appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 9, 2019:

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156961661364840

However the image shows women in Iran during a 2013 demonstration in Teheran:

For Many Iranians, 'Death To America' Are Just Words

On this 34th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, thousands of Iranians gathered outside that building to once again chant "Death to America." But New York Times Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink told NPR's Steve Inskeep on Monday that though the shouts were the same as they've been since 1979 and the demonstration was larger than in recent years, the people he interviewed there were not virulently anti-American.

Tehran is not in Michigan but in the Middle East.

Here is an example of the miscaptioned image:

notmichigan.jpg

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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