Thousands of people on social media were exposed to a manipulated image that purported to show teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg posing with liberal financier and philanthropist George Soros, AFP reported Wednesday.
“This is that climate change girl Greta with George Soros,” One person who spread the faked image wrote. “As soon as I saw the pic I noticed there is a very strong resemblance. I feel he is behind all these climate change marches for his Globalist agenda.”
Multiple accounts tracked by AFP wrote similar messages alongside the image. Many of those posts received hundreds of shares.
But the original image actually showed Thunberg posing with fellow climate change activist Al Gore, the former vice president. Someone superimposed Soros’s head on Gore’s body.
According to AFP, the faked image, alongside a claim that Thumberg was Soros’s granddaughter, was first seen on the French website SecretNews, which describes itself as “a collaborative, independent parody media outlet that brings together several contributors.”