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Fake News: Picture Does NOT Show Trump Rally in Pennsylvania, Actually Shows 1969 Woodstock Festival

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 21 May 2019 20:02:07 Z)

Is a picture being shared on social media with a caption that it is not Woodstock really a view of yesterday's Trump rally in Pennsylvania? No, that's not true: the picture actually does show the 1969 Woodstock festival.

An example of a post (archived here) with the wrong claim can be seen here with following caption:

No, This Is Not WOODSTOCK- This Is A TRUMP Rally In Pennsylvania Yesterday!

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/234037163901405/photos/369218597049927/

This is the photo in question:


But a quick reverse image search reveals it is actually a picture of the Woodstock festival in 1969 taken by Barry Z Levine and available through Getty Images:

Aerial view of the massive crowd in attendance at the Woodstock Music...

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Footage of the Trump rally can be watched here:

The confusion seems to have also been present in this post by Kevin P Sullivan on Facebookm:

He has since edited his post to fix the wrong images as can be seen in the post's edit history (you can see it for yourself, click the three dots in the top right corner of the post on Facebook, then "More options" and then "edit history".


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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