False: An image is montage that shows the car with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, in which the license plate of the vehicle has the letters and numbers “JB 0022”. The image was doctored and the letters and numbers were digitally inserted, with the intention of associating them with the current president of the Republic and candidate for reelection, Jair Bolsonaro (PL). The real photo was taken by photographer Jeff J Mitchell of the Getty Images agency. The registration can be found on the agency’s own website and on several news sites. The vehicle’s actual license plate is “WP 4597”.
Investigated Content: Post with photo of the hearse that carried the body of Queen Elizabeth II during the funeral procession in Ballater, UK. In the image, the license plate of the vehicle appears with the letters and numbers “JB 0022”. There is still a red arrow drawn pointing to the license plate of the vehicle and the phrase “Queen sent the signal”, referring to the initial letters of the name and surname, and the electoral number of the President of the Republic and candidate for reelection, Jair Bolsonaro. In the description of the post, the author writes “go see… Save the Queen ” (sic). The content, which also circulates as satire, was shared in WhatsApp groups as if it were real.
where it was published: Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
Completion of Proof: It is a montage of the image published in a public Facebook group in which the license plate of the hearse with the body of Queen Elizabeth II has the letters and numbers “JB 0022”. The same content was also published on Twitter profiles and was sent to Comprova by readers who received it via WhatsApp.
With the help of tools InVID and TinEye, Comprova performed a reverse search of the image used in the publication on Facebook. The results showed that the original photo had already been used on news sites such as Liverpool Echo. The original image is also available on the agency’s website Getty Images, responsible for marketing the content. According to the description provided by the agency, the record was made by photographer Jeff J Mitchell on September 11, 2022, in Ballater, UK.
Falsefor Comprova, is content invented or edited to change its original meaning and deliberately disclosed to spread a falsehood.
Scope of publication: As of September 13, the post in a public Facebook group had 4,200 interactions, 483 comments and 2,400 shares.
What the author of the publication says: Comprova contacted the author of the publication through Facebook. As of the closing of this text, however, he had not returned.
How do we check: First, with the help of the InVID extension, we did a reverse search of the image used in the Facebook post on various websites and internet search engines. Among the results, the photograph that appears in the piece of misinformation was found in the reverse search of the TinEye tool. You results showed that the original photo of the hearse, with the license plate “WP 4597”, was used in several reports on news sites, including Liverpool Echo and CNN Brasil. Credit for the original photo, according to these sites, goes to Jeff J Mitchell of the Getty Images agency.
Original image was published on news sites
When searching for the photographer’s name in the agency website, the result proved that the photo that appears on news sites is the original, taken by Jeff J Mitchell on September 11, as the hearse with the body of Elizabeth II passed through Ballater, a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in UK. The community is close to Balmoral Castle, where the queen died.
Other contents published during the 11th of September show images from the most varied angles of the hearse with the queen’s body, on international sites such as Daily Record, CTV and gives BBCand in Brazil, as in GZH and Sheet. In all, it is possible to notice that the vehicle and the license plate are the same as the record made by the photographer of Getty Images.
why do we investigate: Comprova investigates suspicious content that goes viral on the internet related to this year’s presidential elections, the covid-19 pandemic and public policies of the federal government. Content out of context or with manipulated parts about one character or another in the electoral race can influence the voter’s conception of a particular candidate, hindering the free exercise of the vote and the Brazilian democratic system as a whole.
Other checks on the topic: Comprova also showed that a video that gathers wrong information to criticize BNDES financing abroad during PT governmentsthat the candidate Simone Tebet promised to reduce taxes on the poorest, contrary to what a video suggestsand that a video was manipulated to insert offense to Lula in the speech of a supporter in Pernambuco.
Investigated by: GaúchaZH and Correio do Povo; Verified by: Correio de Carajás, Rádio BandNews FM, Piauí, Correio, Plural Curitiba, Nexo, Estado de S.Paulo, Grupo Sinos, CBN Cuiabá, Folha de S.Paulo and Metrópoles
Source: CNN Brasil