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Contrary to what users of social networks claim, these very viral images do not show the war in Ukraine.  They actually come from the video game Arma 3.
Contrary to what users of social networks claim, these very viral images do not show the war in Ukraine. They actually come from the video game Arma 3. © Observers

Since February, several Facebook and Twitter accounts accustomed to disinformation have regularly shared impressive videos supposedly showing the war in Ukraine. But these very viral images actually come from a video game: Arma 3. How to spot these very realistic poisonings which have even deceived the international media? Answer in this episode with the writing of the Observers and Pavel Křižka, representative of the company Bohemia Interactive which publishes Arma 3.

“The Russian army has just destroyed a convoy of NATO military advisers in Ukraine!” It is with these words that several Facebook accounts showing their support for the Russian army shared a video last October showing armored vehicles destroyed by missile launchers. But these impressive images actually have nothing to do with the war in Ukraine. They actually come from a video game: Arma 3.

This very realistic game is regularly hijacked to share fake conflict videos. Other images taken from Arma 3 were for example used last June by pro-Russian accounts claiming that helicopters secretly deployed in Ukraine by NATO had been shot down. And images from this game have even been used by television channels, especially in Turkey in 2018, or even in Spain in February 2022.

But how to explain the massive distribution of these false images taken from a video game? In this episode of Info or Intox, the editorial staff of the Observers and Pavel Křižka, representative of the company that publishes Arma 3, answer this question and give you some advice to better spot these very realistic intox.

Watch this episode of “Info or Intox” available at the top of this page.

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