FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show An Anti-Greta Thunberg Sticker On A Car Stuck In A Flood?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows an anti-Greta Thunberg sticker on a car stuck in a flood.



Verdict: False

The sticker has been digitally edited into the photo.

Fact Check:

The picture of the BMW supposedly sporting a “Fuck You Greta!” sticker on the back windshield has circulated on Facebook in recent days. The alleged sticker appears to reference Thunberg, a well-known Swedish environmental activist. The image also went viral on Twitter, where one iteration has received over 1,200 retweets and 9,000 likes as of press time.

The anti-Thunberg sticker has been photoshopped into the picture, a reverse image search revealed. The original photo, taken by photographer David Young, can be found in a July 16 article about cars that was published by the German newspaper Bild in connection to flooding in Germany. In the unaltered picture, there are no stickers visible on the car’s window.

Countries in Western Europe were recently hit by deadly floods, with at least 160 people having been killed by them in Germany, according to the Associated Press. At least 31 people in Belgium have died in the floods, the outlet reported Monday. (RELATED: Image Claims To Show Greta Thunberg Eating On A Train While Children Watch From Outside)

One Twitter user who shared the image later appeared to clarify that it was doctored, saying in part, “Apparently the bumper sticker is photoshopped in, which isn’t surprising since this is in Germany, so presumably it would be in German (or Belgian, Dutch) if it were real.”

“I just saw it somewhere and copied it, not expecting it to blow up, lol,” the same user went on to say in the July 17 tweet.

Elias Atienza

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