Video deceives by showing protest against the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (EN) stating that residents of the luxury condominium where he went to live are wanting to expel him. In fact, the protest took place, but not in Lula’s house, but in front of the condominium where Brazilian scientist Rogério Cerqueira Leite lives, where the former president was on May 5, shortly before an event at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp).
Investigated Content: Video published on Kwai and shared on other social networks shows a group of protesters against Lula surrounding a black car, where the former president would be. The publications indicate that the place of the protest would be the politician’s new residence, in the city of São Paulo. The post verified here uses the images to question the credibility of the electoral polls, which put Lula in first place in the voting intentions for the October presidential elections.
Where it was published: Twitter, Facebook and Kwai.
Completion of the Test: IT IS misleading the video that shows a protest against Lula with the caption “look at Lula leaving the house” at the top of the recording. The disinformation content was shared with a caption stating that “residents of the luxury condominium where Lula went to live are wanting to expel him from there”. But the images are from a protest against the PT that took place in the São Paulo city of Campinas, during a visit to the home of Brazilian scientist Rogério Cerqueira Leite.
Lula, as reported by VEJA, moved from São Bernardo do Campo, in Greater São Paulo, to the Alto de Pinheiros neighborhood, in the city of São Paulo, in December last year.
The post also questions the credibility of polls for voting intentions by stating “This is the leader of the polls”, insinuating that Lula has low popularity, which is not true. The PT appears in first place in polls of the intention to vote for president, which use scientific methods to determine the situation at the moment.
misleading, for Comprova, is content taken from the original context and used in another so that its meaning undergoes changes; that uses inaccurate data or that leads to an interpretation different from the author’s intention; content that confuses, with or without the deliberate intent to cause harm.
Scope of publication: As of June 21, the original video, shared on Kwai, has reached 6,752 likes, 2,561 comments and 1,598 shares. The post on Twitter had 1,473 retweets, 5,180 likes and 126 interactions.
What the author of the publication says: Through social media, Comprova reached out to the author of the original Kwai post to clarify questions regarding the deceptive video, but he did not respond until the publication of this verification.
Jiu-jitsu fighter Renzo Gracie, who shared the images on his Twitter, was also consulted, but there was no response. He is a supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL). In 2019, was appointed ambassador of Brazilian tourism by the Brazilian Agency for the International Promotion of Tourism (Embratur). Gracie often shares dubious information on her social media and already had posts classified as false by checking agencies.
How we check: Comprova analyzed comments from netizens and searched the internet, which led to press reports and publications on social networks about the episode. Google Street View was also used to clarify the location where the video was recorded and contact the authors of the posts.
the place of the demonstration
At one point in the video, the images show a sign with the words “Sociedade Alto das Palmeiras, 616”. It is a residential condominium located in the neighborhood of Palmeiras, in the city of Campinas, in São Paulo. Other elements present in the publication are the same as for the condominium.
Comments on the Twitter post point to the fact that the images took place in Campinas, and not at Lula’s residence. In view of the information, a search with the keywords “Lula”, “Manifestação” and “Campinas” led to news (The globe, Folha de S.Paulo, band and Campinas time) that echo the protest and show the same video shared in the misleading posts. Reports claim the episode took place on May 5.
The news reports that, at the time of the protest, Lula was leaving the house of Brazilian scientist Rogério Cézar de Cerqueira Leite, where he had been before heading to a event on your official schedule at Unicamp.
The content investigated here has the following caption: “Residents of the luxury condominium where Lula went to live are wanting to expel him from there!”. As shown earlier, the politician does not live in the location shown in the video. he moved for a house in the neighborhood of Alto de Pinheiros, in the West Zone of São Paulo.
The property, covering approximately 700 square meters, has four suites, eight bathrooms, a swimming pool and a gym, as shown by VEJA. “Last year, a real estate company offered the house for exactly R$ 20,500 in rent per month” and, “if the interested party wanted to buy the property, the sale value was R$ 5 million”, points out the report.
Another report by VEJA shows that until May 30, when it was published, there had been no protest at the pre-candidate’s new address. The discussion caused by his arrival was in relation to a “project that meets an old demand of the residents and that aims to restrict the access of cars to the streets of the region, with the installation of gates and gates”. Other reports also claim that Lula’s new home is in the West Zone of São Paulo (metropolises, UOL, Earth).
Voting intention surveys
The tweet investigated here, when writing “This is the leader of the polls!!”, questions the credibility of polls for voting intentions. Several followers make comments discrediting the work of institutes such as Datafolha, which show the PT in first place in the presidential race, with Jair Bolsonaro in second.
“You can see the tranquility of the research leader! I don’t believe in any,” writes one follower. “Big leader in Datafolha research”, typed another.
The episode, however, is not enough to show Lula’s low popularity in Brazilian society. As Comprova recently showedelectoral polls use scientific methods to ascertain the reality of the moment with segments that may be representative of the Brazilian electorate in general.
Furthermore, if Lula was attacked by protesters outside the Alto das Palmeiras condominium, in Campinas, on May 5, at the end of that same day he “was received by a large number of people” at Unicamp, as says report in The globe:
“Some of the students were unable to enter the amphitheater, where the PT spokesperson, and had to follow the ex-president’s speech on screens outside”.
In the last survey carried out by the Folha Group Institutepublished on May 26, Lula appears 21 points ahead of the current president in the first round. in the second roundPT appears with 58% of voting intentions and Bolsonaro, with 33%.
Criticism of research institutes follows the line of Bolsonaro, who has already called data from Datafolha “scoundrels”. on the voting intention of evangelical voters.
Why we investigate: Comprova checks suspicious content about the pandemic, public policies and elections that have gone viral. Misleading information about Lula, pre-candidate for the presidency of the Republic, harms voters’ decision during voting, hindering the democratic process. In addition, electoral polls are essential tools for analyzing the country’s political context. The attempt to discredit them diminishes people’s trust in research institutes, hinders the perception of reality and influences the vote in the wrong way.
Other checks on the topic: O AFP We check also checked the post and set it to fake.
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The investigation of this content was carried out by the Metrópoles portal and by the newspapers The day and Folha de S.Pauloand verification by SBT, A Gazeta, Metrópoles, CBN Cuiabá, Nexo, Plural Curitiba and The State of São Paulo.