Photos and videos went viral on social media this week, showing what appeared to be a man dangling from a helicopter in Afghanistan. Several pundits, and even Sen. Ted Cruz, claimed it showed a man being hanged by the Taliban.
The blurry, 11-second video clip was viewed millions of times on Twitter, but there was no context. The BBC uncovered additional footage, which showed the man alive, with images that show the man waving the Taliban flag.
Multiple outlets found that the original claim of a man being hanged came from a satirical comedian on Twitter.
Cruz later deleted the tweet after he acknowledged it “may be inaccurate.”
Misinformation has been plentiful since the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
Previously, Trust Index debunked another viral video that claimed to show Afghans trying to flee at the city’s airport. That video, however, came from a 2019 Dallas Cowboys game.