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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke May 16, 2024

Altered video claims to show CNN report about purported Robert Downey Jr. app

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CNN anchor Abby Phillip appears in what looks like a segment about actor Robert Downey Jr. in a recent video shared May 6 on Facebook. 

But it’s quickly clear that this video isn’t authentic, from a typo in the chyron to audio that doesn’t sync with Phillip’s mouth. 

"Sensational news," the chyron says. "The actor Robert Downey Jr has released a new mobile app that allows to earn money!" 

"The most famous and recognizable actor and one of the richest man of the planet, Robert Downey Jr., decided to open his own online casino where everyone can win," Phillip appears to say. "In an interview, he talked about the creation of this application and how people of our country can earn a lot of money in it." 

The video then cuts to what looks like podcast host Joe Rogan interviewing Downey about the app. But again, the audio doesn’t sync with their mouths’ movements. 

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The Rogan interview happened in 2020, when Downey was promoting his movie "Doolittle." 

In 2023, Downey became an investor, board member and spokesperson for the security and privacy company Aura, which has an online safety app. 

But we found no evidence that he’s promoting an app that lets people earn money, as the post claims. 

We rate it False.

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