A video of a group of ants carrying an image of the crucified Jesus Christ is going viral on social media. Users claim that the images were captured in Ukraine. It’s false.
“It’s chilling,” “an impressive scene.” This is how two of the many publications found on social networks begin that show a video in which a group of ants carry and transport a postcard with the image of Jesus Christ crucified. Users also provide another piece of information: the images were captured in Ukraine and the ants were removing the image of Christ from a destroyed building. It is false, the video is manipulated.
The same video had already been published at least in August 2019, that is, before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at the end of February of last year. Myth Detector, a website that verifies the veracity of publications on social networks, similar to what Observador does with Fact Check: I had already canceled an exchange identical to this one in September 2020.
In the original video you can see a group of ants carrying a piece of cookie.
Муравьи печеньку нашли. pic.twitter.com/Y52wS6fDg4
— *Ольга* (@ljvvjl555) August 11, 2019
Regarding the origin of the video, it is difficult to specify who the author is, since the content has gone viral and is present on Twitteron YouTube and other platforms. The oldest exchange the Observer found dates back to August 11, 2019.
The video went viral on social networks. The actions claim that it is a group of ants carrying an image of Jesus Christ crucified. According to users, they were removing the image of a destroyed building in Ukraine.
However, it is false. The video is manipulated. In the original video, the ants carry a piece of cookie. It is difficult to determine the origin of the content, but the Observer was able to determine that it has existed since at least 2019.
According to the Observer classification, this content is:
In the Facebook classification system this content is:
FAKE: Claims about the main content are factually inaccurate. Generally, this option corresponds to “false” or “mostly false” ratings on fact-checking websites.
NOTE: This content was curated by Observador as part of a fact-checking partnership with Facebook.