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Someone Shows How Paris Protest Fire ‘Actually Looked’, Gets Shut Down With Facts
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Someone Shows How Paris Protest Fire ‘Actually Looked’, Gets Shut Down With Facts

What do you say to someone who has done you the service of exposing fake news, and given you a more realistic perspective? A thank you and a hug would be a good start. With propaganda, trickery with camera angles and bare-faced lies all over different media platforms these days, these guardians of fact and truth should be lauded for the heroes that they are.

But what happens when the truth-tellers go rogue? Everyone loves a good conspiracy, so when a shocking photo of flames blazing in front of the iconic Arc de Triomphe emerged, juxtaposed with a small scooter set alight with photographers jostling for angles in the background, it immediately went viral.

Aha!” People cried. “It’s the media at it again, tricking us into believing that Paris is burning! Those rascals!”

This time, however, it was the debunkers that needed debunking. Nobody knows who first created the comparison and why, but it was shared tens of thousands of times, along with sarcastic captions like “Perspective matters” or “Paris Burns.” International news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) decided to step in and investigate, and what they found was interesting indeed.

Perspective matters, and so do dates and places… because these two photos were taken on two different days in two different places, in Paris,” they wrote on Twitter. “Criticism of media coverage is legitimate, but this isn’t the best example of it.

The entire thread is an expert dismantling of this ‘exposé,’ and is a timely reminder that even those claiming to be working on behalf of ‘the truth’ need to be fact-checked themselves.

These pictures ‘debunking’ fires at the Paris Protests have gone viral over the past few days

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But something seemed off to international news agency AFP, so they decided to investigate

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And what they found proved that even those claiming to be working on behalf of ‘the truth’ need to be fact-checked themselves

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Here’s what people had to say

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Vilkas
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3 years ago

The internet used to be so great (Circa 1997-2006). What the fuck happened?

!M! - Imre Zoltan Nemeth
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3 years ago

fakenews gets rules the world.... :I

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diane a
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3 years ago

Paris is in a bit of a mess either way just now

diane a
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3 years ago

Surely the French leaders should take a note from history about what can happen when it's poor and working class take umbrage at being unfairly treated and opressed by those in power. Arrive Madame La Guillotine!

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Meowton Mewsk
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3 years ago

This is what happens when a bunch of overgrown 4 year olds get their news only in picture form. It’s easy to be misled if you don’t read articles or listen to news and instead just only look at captioned pictures on your Facebook newsfeed.

Daria B
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3 years ago (edited)

Real 4 year olds are smarter than this. ♥

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Vilkas
Community Member
3 years ago

The internet used to be so great (Circa 1997-2006). What the fuck happened?

!M! - Imre Zoltan Nemeth
Community Member
3 years ago

fakenews gets rules the world.... :I

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

Paris is in a bit of a mess either way just now

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

Surely the French leaders should take a note from history about what can happen when it's poor and working class take umbrage at being unfairly treated and opressed by those in power. Arrive Madame La Guillotine!

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Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
3 years ago

This is what happens when a bunch of overgrown 4 year olds get their news only in picture form. It’s easy to be misled if you don’t read articles or listen to news and instead just only look at captioned pictures on your Facebook newsfeed.

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

Real 4 year olds are smarter than this. ♥

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