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“Intelligence agencies around the world have seen American actor Steven Seagal among Russian special forces positioned outside the Gostomel airfield near kyiv (…)”. This is the translation of a screenshot of an alleged tweet in English from the CNN that is going viral on social media Twitter Y Facebook.
But it’s a hoax that CNN Posted that tweet. There is no trace of it on his Twitter profile and it is not archived either. In addition, the same captures always move, or with the same “likes” and times shared, or without showing that data.
There is no trace that ‘CNN’ has published that tweet
The capture that circulates, with the same handle (the name that goes after the @) and logo of the American chain, indicates that the supposed tweet would have been published on February 24, the day Russia began to bomb Ukraine.
But if we do an advanced search of Twitter with the text of that capture, we don’t find any tweet from the CNN like that. The last tweet from the US network mentioning Steven Seagal is from August 5, 2018 reporting that Russia had appointed him “special representative” on “humanitarian ties” between the United States and that country.
On the other hand, as we said, the same screenshots of the alleged tweet are always posted, with the same “likes”, times shared and times it has been cited or appears without these data.
Likewise, the means of verification AFPmember of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)like Maldita.es, which has also verified the viral capture, has spoken with Chris Nassif, a representative for Seagal. He stated “that the publications that are circulating ‘are absolutely false’ and assured that ‘Steven Seagal has not been in Eastern Europe for the last 4 months.’ Nassif added: “He wants peace for the two countries,” he says. AFP.
The capture photo belongs to one of Seagal’s films
Doing a reverse search of the image of Steven Seagal that accompanies the tweet, we can see that it is a photo from the movie “Death to Salazar”from the year 2017 and in which Seagal is the leading actor.
Definitely, it is a hoax that the CNN posted a tweet stating that “intelligence agencies around the world have spotted American actor Steven Seagal among Russian special forces.”
In Maldita.es we are telling you in this compilation all the hoaxes and misinformation that we have denied about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and in this article you can read what tools we are using to verify misinformation. If you detect any more, you can send it to us through our WhatsApp chatbot at +34 644 22 93 19. In addition, fact-checkers from around the world have come together to create a global and collaborative database, #UkraineFacts, to fight misinformation about Russia’s attack on Ukraine. On the map, you can see in which countries each misinformation has been detected and access the denials.
No, ‘CNN’ has not published a tweet stating that “intelligence agencies around the world have seen the American actor Steven Seagal among the Russian special forces” · Damn.es – Periodismo so they don’t sneak up on you