Viral Clip ‘Ghost Of Kyiv’ Is Actually Fake Scene From PC Game

A jet from Digital Combat Simulator flies backwards over the border of Russia.

Clip of a Ukrainian fighter jet blowing up Suspected Russian plane started trending on social media yesterday. Many believe it is proof of the feats of a mysterious and unverified ace pilot known as the “Ghost of Kyiv”. It’s actually fake footage from 2013 PC games, Digital Battle Simulator: World.

Equal Russia Invades Ukraine into the second day, Rumors began to spread of Ukrainian fighter pilots responsible for downing multiple Russian targets. “The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that five Russian planes and a helicopter were shot down early Thursday,” CNN report on February 24 (via Snore). Russia, however, refuse losses.

With clarity clip of a jet flying around the letter UKyiv’s kraine capital has spread on social mediaSome are looking for evidence of the downing of the Russian plane and because the internet will always give you what you’re looking for whether it’s real or not, it doesn’t take long for the “Ghost of Kyiv” scene to start filming. By February 25, the following video had gone viral:

Equal Snore, Reutersand others later confirmed, however, that the footage was indeed from a YouTube video that was clearly just a fictional homage. “This footage is from DCS, but still made out of respect’The specter of Kiev, ” user Comrade_Corb wrote in the description of the video. “If he is real, may God be with him; if he is fake, i pray for more like that’he.'”

However, at a glance it will be very easy to mistake it for the real thing because it is designed to look like it was filmed with the vertical apsect ratio of smartphones and people. Breathtaking commentary can be heard in the background.

Digital battle simulator is a widely released free flight sim, now over a decade old. Developed by Eagle Dynamics, a company founded in Russia but now headquartered in Switzderland, DCS: The Worlddefault the map is set in Caucasus region near Russia, Georgia and Crimea.

ONE spokesperson for Eagle Dynamics, Matthias Techmanski, confirm with Reuters it’s fictitious the video from YouTube that spread like wildfire on social media is actually from DCS. “We are not responsible for the distribution of such content, nor do we endorse it,” he said.

Some media have referenced spread clip is a “wrongly linked video” and has been flagged by Twitter some of its most loved and retweeted versions are “media presented out of context”. While that’s certainly true in a technical sense, it barely captures the present moment Well established phenomena misinformation spread online whenever there is important news, usually use surreal scene from video games.

It is now a media 101 to be suspicious of any unsourced information being spread by seemingly random accounts on the net. And while some people may still be learning how to navigate the chaos of posts whenever a new crisis or tragedy hits the news cycle, it’s almost always the larger accounts who should ( and often do) know better, who are actually helping to fuel the flow of bullshit. That is not a coincidence. It’s by design. Viral Clip ‘Ghost Of Kyiv’ Is Actually Fake Scene From PC Game

Curtis Crabtree

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