Fact Check: Video showing vehicles on pothole-ridden road is NOT from Hyd but China

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  16 Aug 2020 1:30 PM GMT
Fact Check: Video showing vehicles on pothole-ridden road is NOT from Hyd but China

Hyderabad: A video showing heavy vehicles and cars driving over huge potholes has gone viral on social media with a claim that the visuals are from Hyderabad city.

The caption to one such viral video uploaded on Twitter reads, "Latest Made in Telangana (special) vehicle suspension testing machine installed successfully by GHMC on roads of Hyderabad (FREE testing for all) The Bangaru Telangana already created (KCR Garu) which the 'prince in waiting' (KTR Garu) will be crowned soon!"

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The archived versions of similar posts can be seen here and here.

Fact Check:

We found the viral claim is MISLEADING.

The bottom right corner of the video carries the logo "小强兄弟 123".

Taking clues from this, we did a reverse image search with appropriate keywords by extracting keyframes from the video.

We found a much longer, for 1:54 minutes, version of the same video uploaded on a Chinese website on July 17, 2020. The Chinese caption of the video translates into English as, "Record how many cars have passed by leveling the earth? ? Everyone pay attention to safety."

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Also, we found a similar video uploaded on YouTube on July 11, 2020, with the caption "Potholes on Chinese roads after heavy rain".

The longer version of the video also gave us several visual clues.

We noticed that the shop billboards present in the background had Chinese characters.

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Also in the video, we could spot left-hand side driving of vehicles unlike in India, which has right-hand driving rules.

Hence, though we couldn't independently verify the source of the viral video, it is clear that the road shown in the clip is NOT from Hyderabad.

Claim Review:Video showing vehicles on pothole-ridden road is from Hyd
Claimed By:social media users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:social media
Claim Fact Check:False
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