A Facebook post from last February 21 ensures that Volodymyr Zelensky was one of the caricatures at the carnival in Italy. Everything will be done in this year’s edition. However, looking at the available information and the image, we can say that this is a fake post resulting from edited images.
In the first image of the photo shared, it’s clear that this is a very bad version. Through a search on the Internet for the image presented in the post under analysis, it is possible to determine that the original version was recorded during the carnival parade in Viareggio, in the Tuscany region, a celebration that took place between February 4 and 25 , with events for every weekend of that period.
Analyzing the image with the indicated tools, such as Google Images, it is clear that this is an old photo: it is from March 3, 2003, and was, in fact, taken in Germany, not Italy. In its original version, it depicts Angela Merkel, former chancellor of Germany. At the time, Merkel, who had not yet been nominated as chancellor and was under fire because of her CDU party’s support for the 2001 invasion of Iraq.
The image is on the Wikipedia page, for example, and was taken by Jacques Tilly. In the true image, two US flags are visible. No Ukrainian flag is visible, with the symbol of Hitler’s Nazi regime, as seen in the manipulated photo of the original version. It should be noted that this publication was previously refuted by other international auditors.
It is not true that Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, was one of the figures represented in the carnival celebrations of a region in Italy this year. The original post image has been changed. In addition, the picture is out of context, as it was taken in 2003 in Germany, not in the carban version of Viareggio in Italy this year. The original face on the United States float belongs to Angela Merkel.
So, according to the Observer’s classification system, this content is:
In Facebook’s rating system, this content is:
FALSE: The main content claims are factually inaccurate. This option usually corresponds to “false” or “mostly false” reviews on fact-checking sites.
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