France 24: Viral video of ‘Turkish drone’ is from video game


France 24 television channel reported that the viral video of ‘Turkish drone’ is from video game.

“A striking video that appears to show a drone striking target after target is circulating widely on Turkish social media. Users sharing it believe it shows a Turkish army drone fighting in Afrin, Syria, because the video is labelled with the hashtag #Afrin. But in reality, these images are not real: they were taken from a video game.”

This fake video was shared on many pro-Turkish social media accounts. On Instagram, one posting of the video has already been viewed more than 23,700 times.

In the soundtrack to the short video, you can hear what sounds like Turkish soldiers communicating via walkie talkie. It also has a Turkish music soundtrack. But with a little digging, it soon becomes clear that all the audio in this video, including the Turkish voices, were simply added to a screengrab from the video game Arma 3.

Though pains were taken to hide the video’s provenance by cropping the original image’s borders, there is an unmistakable sign: the red star that appears at several points in the video corresponds to the graphics of the video game.

France 24 recalled that since the Turkish offensive on Afrin, there have been several instances of fake images circulating massively that internet users mistakenly believe to show Afrin.

“However, Turkey is far from the only nation where people have used images from video games to show off their military might.”


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