BuzzFeed lied about the reaction to the Notre Dame fire by claiming that a perfectly legitimate video showing respondents posting smiley emoticons in response to the blaze was a ‘hoax’.
It wasn’t a hoax.
In an article entitled Here Are The Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Notre Dame Fire, BuzzFeed’s Jane Lytvynenko wrote the following;
“InfoWars contributor Paul Joseph Watson tweeted a link to video that claims to show Muslim people celebrating the fire. Watson was amplifying content from a far-right personality named Damien Rieu.”
“Critically, the video in question does not show what people on Facebook were reacting to. It’s also difficult to know the religion of each person reacting to a video en mass. So we really have no idea what was going on here, and there is no proof to back up this claim.”
This is an outright lie. The video in question does show what people on Facebook were reacting to.
Here’s the video I posted.
A brief summary of who is responding to the tragic Notre Dame fire with ‘smiley faces’ on Facebook. Appalling. pic.twitter.com/OBANPl9Wpv
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 15, 2019
And here’s the original Facebook video.
As you can see from the original, the respondents are clearly reacting to the Notre Dame fire.
By claiming this to be a “hoax,” BuzzFeed is itself perpetrating a hoax.
Apparently, Lytvynenko thinks that placing a yellow ‘NOPE’ sticker across the tweet invalidates its accuracy. It doesn’t.
5. We’ve seen the “Muslims celebrating with FB reax” hoax in many other attacks. There’s simply no way to know the religion of ppl reacting to a video at scale. This screenshot also doesn’t show the video itself.
More from @broderick here: https://t.co/GgbBFF2yFB pic.twitter.com/SDpZfh2YAf
— Jane Lytvynenko 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ (@JaneLytv) April 15, 2019
BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick also lied in claiming the video was “sourceless”. It wasn’t sourceless. The source is the embedded original Facebook video above.
In addition, France 24 Arabic’s Facebook page is awash with comments from respondents writing in Arabic celebrating the fire, as can be seen from the screenshot below.
I gathered these comments from just two threads out of numerous threads on the fire.
Does this mean all Muslims are celebrating the fire? No.
Does it mean BuzzFeed is lying when they claim I am inventing this reaction?
Instead of denouncing this vile rhetoric, BuzzFeed is claiming I made it up.
This is why fewer people trust the media. This is why BuzzFeed is having to lay off staff.
The invent outright falsehoods without conducting any proper research in order to demonize their ideological enemies.