Fake News: NOT A Photo of a Shantytown in Los Angeles, California in 2019

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: NOT A Photo of a Shantytown in Los Angeles, California in 2019

Is this a picture of a shantytown in Los Angeles, California in 2019? No, that's not true: the picture was taken in a Paris suburb in 2015 and shows a shantytown erected near some railroad tracks by Roma gypsies.

The picture recently appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) that went viral, we have embedded it below:

Here is an example of the miscaptioned photo:


The picture is actually from 2015 and was taken in Paris, it can be seen in this Daily Mail article:

The Third World shanty town... in the heart of Paris

Roma gypsies have built their own village using scrap material on a disused railway line next to a Paris ring road Roma communities from EU countries have caused huge controversy in France for at least the past decade Politicians including France's Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, have branded them as foreigners who 'cannot integrate' Children's toys and pushchairs are scattered across the tarpaulin-covered roofs of a Roma gypsy village built from rubbish and scrap in Paris.

  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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