Fake videos circulate after police arrest El Chapo’s son

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When news broke that police had arrested Ovidio Guzman, the son of the well-known Mexican drug lord “El Chapo”, on January 5, armed members of his cartel took to the streets, engaging in violent clashes with police. A wave of videos claiming to show these clashes was uploaded to social media. It turns out, however, that a number of them are fake.

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  • When news broke that police had arrested Ovidio Guzman on January 5, a flood of videos started circulating on social media. Some of the videos supposedly showed Guzman’s arrest, while others were said to show clashes between members of his cartel and security forces.

  • However, amongst the scores of videos that appeared online, there were a number of fake or misleading videos – or footage taken out of context. For example, some of the videos that circulated online in recent days actually showed Ovidio Guzman’s first arrest, back in October 2019.

  • Another video, said to show clashes in Culiacan, Mexico, was actually filmed on the set of a Brazilian TV series. Another video, said to show Mexican tanks in Culiacan, was actually filmed in Turkey.

The fact-check, in detail

On Thursday, January 5, the news broke on social media that Ovidio Guzman, the son of the well-known Mexican drug baron Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman, had been arrested. News of Guzman’s arrest sparked clashes between armed members of the Sinaloa cartel, founded by Guzman’s father, and the police in Culiacan, where Ovidio Guzman lives.


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