Kung-fu tutorial is latest anti-migrant fake news

False news about migrants continue to flood social media. Even ludicrous stories manage to amass a huge number of reactions.

Tijana Cvjeticanin
Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: Istinomjer
Kung-fu tutorial is latest anti-migrant fake news - NewsMavens
Fake video, YouTube

Why this story matters:

A local photographer from Bihać, a town in Bosnia, has recently posted a video of a staged display of martial arts mastery on his professional Facebook page. He described it like this:

"An innocent couple just wanted to make a selfie when a group of immigrants attacked them. No comment. We'll see what happens when the winter and snow come. What's your opinion on the condition of immigrants and safety of our citizens, houses, apartments, cars, everything?"  

In one month, the video has been viewed a staggering 2.6 million times and reached almost 28,000 shares.

But many of the 3,000 comments call it out as fake -- which it is. It's a kung-fu tutorial, at least 7 years old, recorded by a martial arts trainer in Shanghai.

And it has nothing to do with immigrants. Or with the approaching "winter and snow" -- which will make the lives of real migrants and refugees more difficult.

Details from the story:

  • The video has already been debunked by "The Observers" in an article published two years ago.
  • It's been used to peddle many different racist narratives, from "A Russian defending his girlfriend from four black men", to numerous versions of "the immigrant threat".
  • This particular version has been edited after "Raskrinkavanje" published the debunking article. The page owner has since changed the video description to "An innocent couple just wanted to make a selfie when a group attacked them. No comment."
  • Sadly, this is far from an isolated case, so this correction is just a drop in the ocean of racist anti-immigrant disinformation, flooding both social networks and regular media in Bosnia and the region. 

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