A collage of images showing cars lined up in rows is being widely shared on social media claiming that it shows a “car cemetery” in Japan.
The set of images is being shared with a caption in Arabic that can be roughly translated in English to, “Car cemetery in Japan.”
(Original Text: مقبرة السيارات فى اليابان)
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING.
We performed a Reverse Image Search on all three images and found that all the images are unrelated to the viral claim.
Doing a Reverse Image Search of the first image, directed us to a news article published by CNN that carried a similar image stating that it was a digital creation by an artist by the name of Aydin Büyükta.
Taking a cue from this, we searched the social media profiles of Aydin Büyükta and found the same image in his Facebook post dated March 10, 2017. The image was captioned, “In Mexico.”
The same image was also published on creative photography website five years ago stating, “The digital artist Aydın Büyüktaş created the second chapter of Flatland project, creating a new series of landscapes in which the laws of time and space do not seem to have importance.”
Aydin Büyükta also posted the same image on his verified Instagram handle with the caption, “What good and #actsofkindness have you noticed in an upside-down world? Turkish photographer & digital artist Aydın Büyüktaş creates Inception-like scenes by warping landscapes.”
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We found that these two images in an article published by Reuters with the headline, “Volkswagen’s diesel graveyard.” The caption of the images read, “Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California, March 28, 2018. Volkswagen has taken parking lots to a whole new level in the United States – and will not be emptying them soon.”
Thus, it is evident from the above information that altered and unrelated images are being falsely shared as that of a car cemetery in Japan. Therefore, the viral claim is misleading.
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