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HomeFact check3-D Visual Effects Video Showing Drone Delivery Service In Nigeria Fooled Many

3-D Visual Effects Video Showing Drone Delivery Service In Nigeria Fooled Many

Social media users claimed that there is a drone delivery service in Lagos, Nigeria. These claims are accompanied by a video which shows a drone dropping off a package on a counter. A man then pays for the service by swiping his card on a device provided by the drone. 

Among users who shared this claim was @KenyanTraffic Twitter account. 

Fact Check/ Verification 

A user tagged by the Kenyan Traffic account replied in the tweet thread saying that he’s the creator of the video and that it’s not real. 

We looked at his Twitter profile and found that he’d shared the drone delivery video a few weeks back. His tweet reads, “So I ran out of Indomie yesterday, needed to make a quick restock, never knew we had a drone delivery service in Lagos. #visualeffects #redshift3d  #nollywood #africarising #africatech #nigerian #3Danimation ”

In the same thread, he shared a video published by Artfrocentric on Youtube where he explains the process of creating the drone video. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSlAPEjyBwI&feature=youtu.be

Techpoint.africa published an article on the same a few weeks back. It’s titled, “How a 3D visual effects video of a drone delivering a carton of Indomie fooled the internet”

Article published by Techpoint.africa on the drone delivery service video
Article published by Techpoint.africa on the drone delivery service video

The user who initially shared the video, Anisiuba Uche, is the co-founder of an animation and visual effects company called Quadron Studios.

Conclusion

The claim on a drone delivery service in Lagos, Nigeria, which is accompanied by a video is misleading. The video in context was created using 3-D visual effects and is not real. 

Result: Misleading

Our Sources

Anisiuba Uche: https://twitter.com/Anisiuba_Uche/status/1298605665049509888?s=20

Artfrocentric: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSlAPEjyBwI&feature=youtu.be

Techpoint.africa: https://techpoint.africa/2020/08/28/how-a-3d-visual-effects-drone-indomie/


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Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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