FACT CHECK: No, The ‘Annual Pierogi Harvest’ In Poland Is Not Real
A post shared on Facebook allegedly shows multiple images depicting an “annual pierogi harvest” in Poland.
This claim is inaccurate. The images are digitally fabricated, according to the Reddit post they originated from.
Hackers recently broke into railway frequencies in Poland to disrupt traffic, bringing about 20 trains to a standstill, according to Washington Post. Two men, ages 24 and 29, have been arrested in connection to this attack, Politico reported.
The Facebook post purports Poland holds an “Annual Pierogi Harvest.” The post shares multiple photos appearing to show people gathering hundreds of dumpling-like treats in baskets.
“Poland’s iconic pierogi harvest which always provides breathtaking images takes place in Poland annually towards the end of August,” the post’s caption reads.
These images are digitally fabricated, however. Pierogies are dumplings made of unleavened dough and filled with meat, vegetables, or fruit and can be prepared by boiling or frying them, according to Britannica. Therefore, they cannot be harvested as seen in the photos.
Check Your Fact found no credible news reports about such an event occurring in Poland.
The images were shared to r/poland on Reddit, where the description indicates that they are AI-generated. (RELATED: Does Twitter Video Show A Demonstration In Poland In Support Of Russia?)
Check Your Fact has reached out to the Reddit user for comment and to the U.S. Embassy in Poland and will update this piece accordingly if one is received from either source.
This is not the first time digitally fabricated images have gone viral. Check Your Fact recently debunked an alleged screenshot of a Fox News chyron reporting that the suspected University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shooter is a “mostly white Asian male.”