BBC investigation reveals Gaza pictures not what they claim to be

A screenshot of the BBC Trending video investigation into pictures shared under the #GazaUnderAttack hashtag. Credit: Screenshot of BBC Trending video.

(Israel Hayom//Exclusive to BBC Trending, the broadcasting service’s social media department, reported Monday that many images posted on social media under the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack are not necessarily what the people who posted them claim them to be.

A video created by BBC Trending shows that rather than posting photographs of the effects of current Israeli airstrikes, as the most widely shared photos are labeled to be, many of the most popular shared images were actually of past airstrikes, and sometimes were not even pictures of Gaza at all.

Some photos, the investigation revealed, date as far back as 2009, while others are from conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on July 8, 2014 .