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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 11, 2020

No, this photo doesn’t show an Antifa member taped up by Trump supporters

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  • The photo was part of a 2015 art series. 
 

"Outstanding," begins a congratulatory message quoting an "Antifa page."

"Trump supporters tackled an Antifa thug, unmasked him, duct taped him to an electrical box, placed a dildo on his head & wrote ‘I’m a unicorn’ on him.." 

The image being shared on Facebook shows, well, a person taped to what looks like an electrical box with the words "I’m an unicorn!!" written on the tape. 

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

The image isn’t from the recent unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd, who was killed after a police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck. 

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We did a reverse image search of the photo and found it online as early as 2015 with this caption: "It’s Friday b—." It re-emerged in March 2018 with this caption: "Me: I’m not gonna drink tonight guys. 4 hours later:"

When Snopes fact-checked the image in 2017, the fact-checking website found that the image was part of a street art series created by an artist named Rallitox. 

A photo posted on Rallitox’s Instagram shows the scene from a different angle, and "Rallitox" can be seen written below "I’m an unicorn!!" The caption says: "Human sticker serie. I’m aN unicorn!! Berlin 2015."

We rate this post False.

 

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