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Balkans |  A Swiss newspaper reported misinformation about earthquakes

A Swiss newspaper published a story about false information about the earthquakes that hit Kahramanmaraş, which affected 10 provinces in Turkey.

20 Minuten, one of Switzerland’s top-circulation newspapers, used the headline “Old Pictures: No, It’s Not a Turkish Nuclear Power Plant Exploding Here” and said, “As if pictures of devastating earthquakes in the Turkish-Syrian border area weren’t bad enough, There are also images circulating on social media that allegedly have something to do with this exact matter.” It was said.

The report said that some were spreading false information while rescuers were trying to pull survivors from under the rubble, and the causes of the disaster were being investigated.

In this context, the newspaper stated that old photos and videos on social media are presented as if they are modern by taking them out of context.

The fact that the explosion that occurred in the port of Beirut 3 years ago was cited on social media as an image of a power station that exploded in Turkey is an example of misleading news.

“There is further indisputable evidence that claims that the photos show a nuclear power plant explosion in Turkey are false: There is currently no nuclear power plant in Turkey, let alone an active nuclear power plant.” It was reported in the news that the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey is under construction and is very far from the earthquake zone.

It was reported in the news that although the earthquake was felt during the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, no damages were detected, and the company that continues to operate was announced.

A survey was conducted about “fake news” in the news

In the last part of the news, “Have you seen the fake news about the earthquake in Turkey before?” A survey was also conducted.

Accordingly, 40 percent of respondents said “yes, several times,” 6 percent “yes once,” 19 percent “just heard,” 10 percent “not sure” and 25 percent “not sure.” No, I’m sure of it.


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