On the same day of Black Friday, three countries – Brazil, Canada and Panama – announced that they are banning Carnival celebrations in their country out of respect for African slaves who were used to build it. Other nations have made similar announcements on Black Friday before but this time it appears more widespread than ever before with several other cities planning on canceling festivities themselves. WHO has also been asking local authorities around the world to cancel carnival celebrations due to concerns over health risks involved with such events.
The “will trinidad have carnival 2022” is a question that has been asked for many years. The answer to the question is no, Trinidad will not be having Carnival 2022.
The world of journalism is complicated, and fake news and photographs are often disseminated on social media. Every week, the editorial staff at Blasting News identifies the most common hoaxes and incorrect information to help you distinguish truth from untruth. Here are some of the most widely circulated misleading statements this week, none of which are true.
A throng in Austria did not seem to be protesting the lockdown.
False claim: Persons on social media have circulated a video of a mob walking along a street with the claim that it depicts a demonstration in Austria against the country’s new restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
- According to a reverse image search, the video was released on November 29, 2019 by the Austrian digital publication RP Online, among other places.
- The film, according to the publication, shows tens of thousands of Borussia Monchengladbach supporters walking into the Merkur Arena in Graz, Austria, ahead of a Europa League match against Wolfsberger AC.
A lady who escaped East Germany in 1955 is not shown in the photo.
False claim: A black and white photograph of a young lady kneeling next to a squad of soldiers has been posted on social media, with the claim that the scenario depicts a woman who escaped communism in East Germany in 1955.
The white line emerging on the ground, according to the posters, would represent the boundary between the two Germanies, where the Berlin Wall would be constructed years later.
- A reverse image search reveals that the shared picture is really a scene from Piero Vivarelli’s 1962 Italian film “Oggi a Berlino.”
- More than three million people evacuated East Germany between 1949 and 1961. To halt the migration, the communist authorities started construction of the famed Berlin Wall in 1961, which would remain in place until 1989.
The White House did not recommend Taco Bell as a Thanksgiving meal substitute.
False claim: Social media users have reposted a story from a Christian parenting site claiming that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told journalists that in the face of increasing food costs in the United States, individuals may choose for Taco Bell instead of the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
“The Taco Bell value menu is equally as good and a lot more inexpensive,” Psaki is claimed to have stated.
- According to an online search, the allegation was made on Instagram on November 22 by the satirical account Beep Satire.
- “Satire, jokes, and media failures,” according to Beep Satire’s profile. “100% Fake News created just for you.”
- There is no record of Psaki making the reported comments regarding Thanksgiving meal and Taco Bell in the official transcripts of White House briefings.
- The erroneous assertion comes as inflation rises in the United States, indicating a significant recovery in the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic’s devastation. The average price of a typical Thanksgiving feast has risen 14% since 2020, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The black slave trade has nothing to do with Black Friday.
False allegation: Social media posts in Spain and Latin America suggest that the phrase “Black Friday” originated with the slave trade.
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According to the postings, American slave traffickers used to sell their captives for the winter season on the final Friday in November.
- According to Snopes, the phrase “Black Friday” first appeared in the United States in 1951, referring to the habit of calling in ill the day following Thanksgiving to have four days off in a row.
- The final slave ship landed in the United States in 1860, and slavery was abolished in 1863, over a century before the phrase “Black Friday” became famous in the United States.
- Another traditional interpretation for the word Black Friday’s origin is that it was on this day, with the promotions and enormous number of sales the day following Thanksgiving, that businesses finally reported profits, converting the accounts from red to black.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization did not declare whether or not Carnival should be celebrated in 2022.
False claim: Facebook posts in Brazil say that Tedros Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO (World Health Organization), has declared that he does not support celebrating Carnival in 2022.
- The WHO claimed in a statement to the Brazilian fact-checking organization Aos Fatos that Ghebreyesus has never said that he opposes Carnival celebrations in 2022.
- The sole reference of Carnival and the epidemic was made by Sylvain Aldighieri, PAHO’s incident manager, in the official transcripts of WHO’s press conferences, which are published on the organization’s website.
- In April 2021, Aldighieri claimed that the series of holidays between the end of 2020 and the first months of 2021 –Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Carnival, and Easter week – triggered a large population movement and a relaxation of public health measures in all South American and Central American countries, resulting in “an increase in cases and deaths that could have been avoided.”
The photo of former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga as Person of the Year on the cover of TIME magazine is a hoax.
False claim: Kenyan Facebook users posted a photograph of a supposed TIME magazine cover portraying Raila Odinga, Kenya’s former Prime Minister (2008-2013) and opposition leader, as Person of the Year.
- Time magazine confirmed in a statement to AFP that Odinga was not picked as Person of the Year. The magazine said, “This picture is not a genuine TIME cover.”
- The top-left corner of the false version circulated on social media says “November issue,” while the magazine’s actual covers include complete dates in the top-right corner.
- The Person of the Year for 2021 will be named on December 8, according to TIME magazine’s website.
- Kenya’s next presidential elections are set for August 2022, and the current opposition leader, Raila Odinga, is anticipated to run.
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The “sundary guardian” is a British newspaper that has been published since 1821. They have recently released an article about the slave trade. The article also mentions the WHO asking to cancel Carnival 2022 because of health risks and other concerns. Reference: sunday guardian.
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