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Over 16 million people watched fake supermoon video on Facebook

The fake supermoon over Greece went live on Facebook on January 31. But the video was actually a still image of a moon that was captured almost nine years ago over the Temple of Poseidon in the south of Greece.

On January 31, everybody was busy finding a way to see the spectacular super blood blue moon event that occurred after a span of almost 152 years. But when a supermoon video was uploaded on social media site Facebook, it garnered almost 16 million years within a few hours. The video clip appeared at the top in Facebook searches for Supermoon but if reports were to be believed the video was a fake one. That means the supermoon event shown in the video was actually a faked one intended at gaining more and more views first hand.

A Facebook page named EBUZZ uploaded the supermoon video that became flooded with views and comments. Initial investigations suggest that the page EBUZZ is run anonymously and there is no way one contact with the administrators. Despite posting only a handful of times since November 2016 has more than 250,000 followers. The alleged video has been removed by Facebook. Facebook said to CNN that the video was removed for violating the policies of the site, but the social media giant did not say anything about why it did not remove the page itself.

The fake supermoon over Greece went live on Facebook on January 31. But the video was actually a still image of a moon that was captured almost nine years ago over the Temple of Poseidon in the south of Greece. The photo of the moon was clicked by Chris Kotsiopoulos, an amateur photographer. Kotsiopoulos told CNN that there has been many instances when his photographs has been used without his permission but never in this way. The video with the image of the moon was overlaid with the latest timestamp and wind sounds were added in an attempt to make it seem live. The fake video was streamed live for almost 4 hours which created doubts in the mind of viewers.

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