Fact Check: This Man Was NOT 'Crisis Actor' Playing Dead In Germany -- It Was Protest In Austria About Climate Change

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: This Man Was NOT 'Crisis Actor' Playing Dead In Germany -- It Was Protest In Austria About Climate Change Protesters

Did a crisis actor blow their cover in Germany and forget that they were on TV? No, that's not true: The man moving on the ground in a video was an activist protesting climate change at a demonstration in Vienna, Austria -- not in Germany.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on February 7, 2022. The caption to the post reads:

Crisis actor in Germany forgets he's filming on TVπŸ™„

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Feb 8 15:11:53 2022 UTC)

While the claim does not elaborate on "crisis actor" or offer any speculation or explanation about the scene, it does confuse the setting in Austria with Germany.

Lead Stories found the scene used in the Facebook post in a full video of a news report on a February 4, 2022, climate policy demonstration in Vienna, with more than 20 protestors on the ground in what appear to be body bags. You can see the clip used in the Facebook post at the 1:25 mark in the news report video.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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