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Digitally Altered Video Of Robot Playing Pickleball Circulated as Real: Fact-Check

There is a video that has been altered digitally that purports to show a robot playing Pickleball with three other female players.

Verified accounts on twitter, including La La (“@uzvakar“) shared the 18 seconds video on twitter and questioned that whether it is real or not. The tweet was made on Nov 14,2023. The archive can be read from above.

Several other accounts like @menhannaniwa wrote the caption “【theme】 The weakness of the non-human in the foreground #お答えください” after sharing the video with other users. The tweet reached to an about 1.8 M user accounts and was further reposted by 371 more profiles on twitter.

The Actual Reality About the Video : Fact

In actuality, Anna Leigh Waters and Lea Jansen of the New Jersey 5 are playing California BLQK Bears’ Andrea Koop and Maggie Brascia in this video. There’s a robot in place of Anna Leigh Waters. Reality is unrelated to it.

The Kitchen- A Pickleball Community uploaded the original video on Aoril 3, 2023. If the video is observed carefully, it can be seen that the picture of the fans from the game is same in both the original picture and the misleading one. This shows that the video which went viral is just a digitally altered video.

Check out the full video here:

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Influencers are sharing videos that have been digitally altered in order to gain attention on social media.

Conclusion:

Claim : A video that has been digitally modified and circulated purports to show a robot playing Pickleball alongside three other female players.

Fact : In actuality, this video features Anna Leigh Waters and Lea Jansen of the New Jersey 5 playing Andrea Koop and Maggie Brascia of the California BLQK Bears. A robot has taken the place of Anna Leigh Waters.

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