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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke February 8, 2022

No, this video doesn’t show a German crisis actor

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  • A video that some social media users claim shows a crisis actor in Germany was actually filmed in Austria, and it shows protesters demonstrating against climate policies.  

Dozens of people covered in tarps are visible behind a reporter speaking on camera in German in a video that’s being shared on Facebook. Suddenly, though, one of the tarps shifts and the person underneath can be seen moving as someone else runs into the frame to cover them back up. 

"Crisis actor in Germany forgets he’s filming on TV," a Facebook post sharing the video says. 

This 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.)

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We searched for some of the German words visible in the clip and found the news broadcast on OE24, an Austrian news outlet. It was posted online on Feb. 4. 

The people under the tarp aren’t crisis actors trying to fool people into thinking they’re dead. They’re protesters. An English translation of the chyron says "Vienna: Demo against climate policy." 

We rate this post False. 


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