Thursday 24 December 2020



Shayan Sardarizadeh, a BBC journalist investigating online disinformation, who covers fake news and disinformation for BBC Monitoring, BBC World Service and BBC News alongside Marianna Spring and Mike Wendling, tweeted the following 'breaking news' overnight:

One commenter replied that this isn't actually a new video, and a moment's Googling confirms that. This very video was posted on YouTube on 18 December 2018 and is still on there, beginning with the words Shayan quotes:

Wonder if Shayan's colleagues will 'reality check' this for him, or will it be left to us online types to point out that this BBC disinformation unit guy is literally spreading fake news, presumably because he couldn't be bothered to check and wanted it to be true?

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