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Fact Check: This video of fireworks is not from the Tokyo Olympics

We found in our investigation that the claim is false. This video is not from Tokyo Olympics, but from Taiwan.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: July 29, 2021

New Delhi (Vishvas News)| Recently, a video has gone viral on social media in which colorful fireworks can be seen emanating from a building. The video is being shared by various social media users with the claim that it is from the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. We found in our investigation that the claim is false. This video is not from Tokyo Olympics, but from Taiwan.

What is this viral post?

Facebook user Deepak Jogi shared the video and wrote, “Fireworks of Inaugural function of Tokyo Olympics.”

The Archived version of this post can be viewed here.

Investigation

To check the viral post, we first watched the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on the Olympics’ Verified YouTube channel. We did not see this scene anywhere. Yes, there were definitely fireworks during this opening ceremony. But that was completely different from the viral video.

On reverse image search of the screengrab of the viral video, we found the fireworks in the viral video from a different angle in a video on the Taiwan News YouTube channel. According to the description, the video is from Taiwan’s 2021 New Year Celebration.

We also got glimpses of this video in a video uploaded on 1 January 2021 on a YouTube channel named Lotnictwo.TV . According to the description written with this video, the video is also of Taiwan’s 2021 New Year Celebration.

 We also found this video embedded in a news report on taiwannews.com.tw. The thumb image of the screenshot of this video has also been used in the news. According to the news also, the video is of the 2021 New Year Celebration of Taiwan.

We also contacted Chris Chang, the chief reporter who wrote the news for Taiwan News, regarding this matter. In response to the mail, he said that the video is from Taiwan’s 2021 New Year celebration.

We scanned the account of Bhavesh Dave, who shared this viral video. He is followed by 4,512 people on Facebook.

Conclusion: We found in our investigation that the claim is false. This video is not from Tokyo Olympics, but from Taiwan.

  • Claim Review : Firework of Inaugural function of Olympic Tokyo
  • Claimed By : Bhavesh Dave
  • Fact Check : False
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