FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims To Show A Russian River Frozen Like The ‘Scream’ Mask
An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows the Irtysh River frozen in a formation that resembles the mask from the movie “Scream.”
The picture has been digitally altered.
The Irtysh River runs 2,640 miles from China through Kazakhstan to Russia’s Siberia region, where it feeds into the Ob River. The rivers together constitute the world’s seventh longest river system. (RELATED: Does This Photo Show A Jaguar Being Rescued From The Amazon Wildfires?)
A viral image falsely alleges in a post that the Irtysh river froze in a formation that resembles the mask in the “Scream” horror movie franchise, with the caption reading, “The Irtysh river in Russia froze over in a very interesting pattern.”
The photograph has, in fact, been digitally manipulated. Found through a reverse image search, the original image does not feature holes in the ice that form a ghoulish face but rather a single large gap in the center of the ice. Photographer Andrei Kudryavtsev posted it on his website and the Russian social media website VK.com in March 2012.
Snopes found the earliest iteration of the photoshopped version posted on the Russian website Pikabu.ru in March 2015. It appears to have been digitally altered for Friday the 13th, per a Google translation of its caption.