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People Are Sharing Fake Facebook Live Videos “From Space"

Technology might be advanced, but not that advanced.

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If you were on Facebook yesterday, you may have seen several media outlets purportedly broadcasting live from space.

Facebook: VirallUSA

The most popular of these, Viral USA's livestream, racked up 28 million views and more than 530,000 shares.

A few hours later, Unilad also did a Facebook Live, with the caption "Space from the International Space Station!".

People were really impressed, marvelling at both the view from space and the state of technology.

Indeed, there was – and has been – no mention of a livestream from space on either NASA's or the International Space Station's respective Facebook pages, even though they were tagged in the post.

Facebook: uniladmag

The ISS has its own livestream on its website, and, according to Mashable, it was showing a different stream from the Facebook Live videos at the time of broadcast.

The livestreams lasted almost four hours because the videos were on loop.

Facebook: uniladmag

For example, this same shot appears near both the beginning and end of the Unilad video, as well as several times in between.

A NASA spokesman told the BBC that the videos were not live footage from the ISS, adding that they must be old spacewalk footage.

Unilad said it posted old footage on a Facebook livestream to "test the capabilities of what the 'live broadcast' feature on Facebook could really do".

Viral USA, meanwhile, had not yet responded to the BBC.

Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Kassy Cho at kassy.cho@buzzfeed.com.

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