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Fact Check-Clips show video game footage from Arma 3, not authentic footage of drone attack on Russian ships

Social media users have shared video game footage from the game ‘Arma 3’ with captions suggesting that the clips show authentic footage of drone attacks on Russian marine military forces.

The clips appear to show the interface of a military drone with crosshairs aiming toward warships which are then hit. Some users took to Facebook with captions suggesting that the clip was authentic footage of a drone striking Russian marine forces.

“This your propaganda is so stupid, better tell your leader to stop killing your people , pls don’t trust the west (sic),” wrote one user. Others called out the video for actually showing a video game. “Unfollow this page . This is video gaming,” said another comment.

One user uploaded the video to Facebook on May 11 with a caption that reads: “Today, Bayraktar TB2 Drone destroyed 5 Russian Cruiser Warships near Snake Island” ( here ). The clip had more than 40,000 views at the time of writing.

A spokesperson for Bohemia Interactive, the developer of the game in question, told Reuters the video was of modified gameplays from Arma 3.

A reverse image search also reveals that the clip was uploaded to YouTube on May 7, 2022, and described as a simulation ( bit.ly/3Pjysne ).

The description of the video reads: “Bayraktar TB2 Turkish drone destroyed Russian Attack Boats and Ships trying to offensive near Snake Island. This type of drones are [sic] used in Russia – Ukraine conflict. Bayraktars destroy russian [sic] convoys, tanks, vehicles. THIS IS ONLY SIMULATION, NOT REAL LIFE! I make military simulations using Arma 3 Simulator.” ( bit.ly/3srZYoE ). An archived version of the clip can be viewed ( archive.ph/wip/2kU8e ).

Another clip of a military drone interface shooting toward a fleet was also uploaded to Facebook with a caption: “Bayraktar TB2 Drone Destroyed One Russian Aircraft Carrier And Four Destroyers Ships” ( here ). The clip gathered over 91,000 views

The clip was uploaded to the same YouTube channel prior to being reshared on Facebook. The description of the YouTube clip clearly outlined that the video was taken from the Arma 3 game ( bit.ly/3sTflXF ), ( archive.ph/O1v7n ).

Reuters previously addressed modified versions from the video game Arma 3 shared with false claims that the clips pertain to authentic events in Ukraine ( here ), ( here ).

VERDICT

False. Clips taken from the Arma 3 video game and uploaded to Facebook do not show drones shooting at Russian marine forces. The videos were first uploaded to YouTube prior to being reshared on Facebook with descriptions detailing that the clips were not authentic and instead originated from the video game.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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