Fact Check: The post-blasts picture of Beirut that went viral is misleading

The post-blasts picture of Beirut that went viral is misleading. The collage of the pictures that were shared is actually taken long before the Tuesday blasts.

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Fact Check: The post-blasts picture of Beirut that went viral is misleading. The policy times

The massive blasts that took place in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday night flooded the social media with videos and images delineating the annihilation. Over 2000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were unsafely stored in a warehouse that caused the explosion. The blasts wrenched off the port, killed atleast 135 people, injured 5000, and an innumerable numbers of people still not found.

Of all the images that were shared after the explosion, a collage of two pictures went viral on Facebook. The first image is of Beirut before blasts and the second one is of post-blasts. And the caption that came along with it reads, “Pray for Lebanon”.

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The viral collage were taken long before Tuesday’s explosions. The image that claims to show the present picture of Beirut is at least four years old (Image taken from India Today)

But the India Today’s team had researched and found out that the post that went viral is misleading. The collage of the pictures that were shared is actually taken long before the Tuesday blasts.

The image that reads “Beirut before” is a picture of Beirut’s urban coastline with its multi-storied buildings, and this image is available on various websites.

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(Image taken from India Today)

Below is the image that reads “Beirut now“, which the India Today team with the help of Tin Eye reverse image search had found out that this picture is available on the internet since 2016. This image just like the above one, is also available on various websites such as Lebanon Postcard, where it was sold to the public as a souvenir, and a gaming website called Project Reality. In the later website, the image is available since 2013.

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(Image taken from India Today)

However, the original image of Beirut after the blasts was captured by satellite and was published on a website known as space.com. The caption of the original picture reads, “This view of the destruction caused by an explosion in the port of Beirut was captured by a SkySat satellite operated by San Francisco-based Company Planet on Aug. 5, 2020”.

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Fact Check: The post-blasts picture of Beirut that went viral is misleading
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The post-blasts picture of Beirut that went viral is misleading. The collage of the pictures that were shared is actually taken long before the Tuesday blasts.
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