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Fact Check: Old Video Of People Battling Powerful Wind In Norway Falsely Shared As Recent Video From Canada

Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing news. In his previous stint, he worked as online editor for The Kathmandu Post. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of information has become more essential today than ever before.

Claim

A video posted on TikTok claims to show people pushing against a powerful wind in their bids to cross the street in Canada recently.

The video posted by TikTok user @youngeuro_boss has garnered 362.4likes, 14.4k users have shared it and 14.1k users have commented on it. The archived version of the TikTok video can be seen here.

Fact

To check the authenticity of the claim made in the viral video, Newschecker took a key frame from the viral video and conducted a reverse search. The search led us to a video report, dated December 13, 2013, posted on the YouTube channel of Euro News. On checking the video, we found that the video frames from 0.12-minute onwards exactly matched the viral video.

The video descriptions mentioned that the clip shows pedestrians battling a powerful storm in Aalesund, Norway. It also noted that a storm named “Ivar” was blowing things and people around and police had to assist people in moving around.

We also found the same Euronews video carried in Buzz Feed online.

Further, we found an article, carrying an image matching a frame from the viral video, published in Fox25 online about Storm ‘Ivar’ hitting Aalesund, Norway.  The news dated December 15, 2013 also quoted Euro News about the storm.

Thus, our findings clearly show that the viral video allegedly showing a recent clip of people battling a powerful wind in Canada is actually a ten-year video from Norway.

Result: False

Sources
Euronews/YouTube, December 13, 2013
Buzz Feed News, December 15, 2013
Fox25, December 15, 2013


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Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing news. In his previous stint, he worked as online editor for The Kathmandu Post. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of information has become more essential today than ever before.

Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing news. In his previous stint, he worked as online editor for The Kathmandu Post. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of information has become more essential today than ever before.

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