BBC News Africa released a masterpiece of visual fact-checking today, both on YouTube and Twitter.
It focuses on a massacre video that recently became viral in Cameroon, where we can see a group of soldiers executing civilians. The local government denied the operation happened in its territory, but the British broadcaster debunks their claims with a thorough analysis of the footage.
The producers used many research methods (including satellite imagery, Facebook posts, and video cross-checking) to contextualize and locate precisely the events, which did happen in Cameroon… but in 2014.
The investigation is told in a YouTube video and a very visual Twitter thread (below), a medium which is very efficient for step-by-step storytelling.
In July 2018, a horrifying video began to circulate on social media.
2 women & 2 young children are led away by a group of soldiers. They are blindfolded, forced to the ground, and shot 22 times. #BBCAfricaEye investigated this atrocity. This is what we found… pic.twitter.com/oFEYnTLT6z
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) 24 septembre 2018