‘Ghost Of Kyiv’ Viral Clip Actually Fake Footage From PC Game

Video of the explosion of the Ukrainian fighter. Russian aircraft suspected yesterday became a trend in social networks. Many believed that this was evidence of the exploits of a mysterious and unverified ace pilot, who was called the “Ghost of Kyiv.” In fact, it was fake footage from 2013. computer game, Digital Combat Sim: World.

Because the Russian invasion of Ukraine entered his second day, rumors began to spread Ukrainian fighter pilot who shot down several Russian targets. “The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that five Russian planes and a helicopter were shot down on Thursday morning. CNN informed February 24 (via Snopes). Russia, however, denied the loss.

With the obvious clips of the jet circling Ukrainian capital Kyiv already spreading in social networks some went looking for evidence of downed Russian antenna forces, and since the internet will always give you what you’re looking for, whether it’s real or not, it didn’t take long for the apparent footage of The Ghost of Kyiv in action to start going around in circles. By February 25, the following video had gone viral:

Because Snopes, Reuters, and others later confirmed, however, that the footage was actually from a YouTube video that explicitly stated it was just a fictional homage. These shots are from DCS, but nonetheless made out of respect for ‘Ghost of Kyiv,” wrote Comrade_Corb user. in the video description.If he is real, may God be with him; if it’s fake, I pray you to like it more to him.'”

However, at first glance, it would be easy to mistake for the real thing because it’s designed to look like it was shot with a smartphone’s vertical aspect ratio, and people’s breathless comments can be heard in the background.

Digital Combat Simulator was a widely released free-to-air flight simulator that is over a decade old. Developed by Eagle Dynamics, based in Russia but currently headquartered in Switzerland. DCS: Worlddefault map installed in the Caucasus region next to Russia, Georgia, and Crimea.

BUT representative of Eagle Dynamics, Matthias Tehmansky, confirmed to Reuters that his fictional YouTube video spreading like wildfire on social media was indeed DCS. “We are not responsible for its distribution and do not endorse such content,” he said.

Some media began to refer to viral clips as “videos with incorrect subtitles” and Twitter tagged some of the more popular and retweeted versions as “media presented out of context”. While this is certainly true in a technical sense, at this point it hardly reflects well-established phenomenon of misinformation that spreads on the Internet whenever big news comes out, often using hyper-realistic footage from video games.

Now media literacy 101 is skeptical of any unsourced information spread by seemingly random online accounts. And while some people can still learn to deal with the flow of messages whenever a new crisis or tragedy takes over the news cycle, it’s almost always the bigger accounts, the ones who should (and often know) know best who actually help manage the flow. nonsense. This is not an accident. This is by design.

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