Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Portal Being Opened Over Geneva -- It's An Animation

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Portal Being Opened Over Geneva -- It's An Animation Video Creation

Does a video on social media show a portal -- an entrance way to a supernatural dimension, realm or world -- being opened up over Geneva? No, that's not true: There is no evidence an event like this happened in September 2023. Additionally, the original version of this clip is from a "video creator," not someone purporting to show a "supernatural" event.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) on X (formerly Twitter) by Allesia on December 19, 2023, and titled "The Opening." The post's caption said:

🧐breaking news

With the #Formation of a #Supernatural #Power in Geneva, #Switzerland

As a result, a rift in #time was created and a #portal opened.

#Isvicre #NASA #Elonmusk #Amazon #NewYorkTimes #Turkey #Iran #Syrie #Israel #USA #Israeli #Ukraine #Afghanistan #Gaza #Thailand

This is what the post looked like on X at the time of the writing of this fact check:


(Source: X screenshot taken on Fri Jan 12 15:19:13 2024 UTC)

The original video

The screenshot of the video above shows the Instagram account of the person who originated the clip. That post (archived here) was published on Instagram by antoniotheleo (Antonio Williams) on September 24, 2023.

This is what the post looked like on Instagram at the time of the publication of this fact check:


(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Fri Jan 12 18:03:59 2024 UTC)

Although Williams plays coy in the caption for his video, saying "DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS REAL OR FAKE," he asks viewers to show their "SUPPORT FOR MORE VIDEOS LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE." And in the profile on his Instagram account, he identifies himself as a "video creator." Williams' Facebook profile identifies him as a "digital creator" (archived here).

A screenshot of his profile page from Instagram appears below:


(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Fri Jan 12 18:03:59 2024 UTC)

Google searches

A Google News search (archived here) on January 12, 2024, using the terms "'Geneva, Switzerland,' 'rift in time,' and 'portal,'" found no results matching the claims in the post on X.

A regular Google search (archived here) also found no credible results confirming the opening of a portal over Geneva in September 2023.


Geneva is a frequent subject of online and social media speculation due to its proximity to the European Organization for Nuclear Research, more commonly known as CERN, which is located several kilometers to the northwest of the city. This organization manages the world's largest particle physics laboratory.

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Additional Lead Stories fact checks of claims about portals can be found here.

Other Lead Stories fact checks of claims about CERN can be found here.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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