Faux 'supermoon' Video Bought 16M Views On Fb

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A Fb Stay video purportedly displaying a reside view of a “supermoon” over Greece however which the truth is was a nonetheless picture with wind sounds added was considered greater than 16 million instances over 4 hours on Wednesday, apparently going undetected by the corporate at the same time as some commenters identified that one thing fishy was occurring.

The stream featured a nine-year-old nonetheless image of the moon over the Temple of Poseidon within the south of Greece. The picture was overlaid with a present timestamp and the sound of wind was added in an try to make it appear reside.

The stream appeared as the primary video lead to Fb searches for “supermoon.”

The stream was posted on a Fb web page named “EBUZZ,” which regardless of posting solely a handful of instances since November 2016 has greater than 250,000 followers.

The web page seems to be run anonymously, and it doesn’t supply a technique to contact its directors.

The video was faraway from the platform by late Wednesday afternoon, however the EBUZZ web page itself was nonetheless reside as of Wednesday night time. Fb instructed CNN the video was eliminated for violating the location’s insurance policies. It didn’t say why the web page itself was not eliminated.

CNN decided that the photograph used was taken by Chris Kotsiopoulos, an newbie photographer. Kotsiopoulos instructed CNN that he had seen situations the place his pictures had been used with out his permission earlier than, however by no means on this approach.

It is unclear why the web page would have faked a video on this approach. The individuals who run it might have been seeking to construct up their follower base, which in flip may very well be used for different functions, similar to driving site visitors to an internet site from which they earn money.

Whereas some viewers of the reside stream appeared to fall for the video, commenting on how stunning it was, different customers have been extra skeptical.

“I am curious how it is a ‘reside’ feed when the identical image has been up for three hours with the moon in the identical spot,” one wrote.

Lots of the individuals counted within the 16 million views tally would probably not have seen sufficient of the stream to appreciate they have been taking a look at a nonetheless picture. Fb counts a “video view” when a consumer watches a video for 3 seconds or extra, together with these instances when individuals see the video for greater than three seconds of their Information Feed.

It is not the primary time a pretend video of a high-profile occasion has racked up tens of millions of views on Fb.

In September, throughout Hurricane Irma, a video stream purportedly displaying “stunning video” of the storm picked up greater than 6 million views, although it really contained video that was no less than 9 months outdated.

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