Iceland: Crowds after Corona relaxation? A Fact Check

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Jeff Horseman
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Jeff Horseman got into journalism because he liked to write and stunk at math. He grew up in Vermont and he honed his interviewing skills as a supermarket cashier by asking Bernie Sanders “Paper or plastic?” After graduating from Syracuse University in 1999, Jeff began his journalistic odyssey at The Watertown Daily Times in upstate New York, where he impressed then-U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Clinton so much she called him “John” at the end of an interview. From there, he went to Annapolis, Maryland, where he covered city, county and state government at The Capital newspaper. Today, Jeff writes about anything and everything. Along the way, Jeff has covered wildfires, a tropical storm, 9/11 and the Dec. 2 terror attack in San Bernardino. If you have a question or story idea about politics or the inner workings of government, please let Jeff know. He’ll do his best to answer, even if it involves a little math.

Watch the video: Crowds after corona eases on Iceland? The incredible video in fact check.

Clattering crowds, crowded close to each other-and this in times of the coronavirus pandemic.

This video is intended to show how Icelanders are celebrating the end of corona measures in their country.

But what is really behind the Video?

The claim that the video shows a celebration to mark the end of the corona restrictions is a hoax.

This video was created in 2016 and thus many years before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic-this is made clear by further uploads of the video to Youtube.

The pictures show how the Icelanders celebrate their national football team after the elimination at the European Championship.

Iceland eased its corona restrictions on March 18, 2021, allowing international tourists vaccinated against Covid-19 back into the country – without testing or quarantine. And although many Icelanders might have been happy about it, these recordings have nothing to do with it.

The case makes clear how easy a real message in combination with a video or photo taken out of context can lead to a false message.

Thus, a harmless EM celebration becomes a worrying crowd in times of pandemic.

How do we examine videos for manipulation in the editorial department? A look at the details is important. The individual frames of a video often reveal whether a Video has been edited. We take a close look at picture by picture and enlarge individual sections. Indications for a fake are, for example: lack of motion blur, unnatural shadows or editing errors. With the star generally applies: seriousness before speed. We always check facts and material thoroughly before publishing them. For this purpose, we work with the cross-editorial “Team Verification” together with RTL, NTV, RTL2, Radio NRW.

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