A viral TikTok video that was reposted to Facebook tries to pass off a photo of refugees rescued by a cargo ship in 2001 as a cargo ship off the coast of the United States in 2021. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Conspiracy theorists often come up with convoluted ways to incorporate current events into their baseless hypotheses about the world, and the 2021 container ship crisis is no exception. Baseless claims that the gridlock at U.S. ports is a staged event to achieve political goals — such as a “communist plot” to cripple the American economy or use shipping containers as some kind of “Trojan horse” — have circulated online in recent weeks. Rumors attempting to connect cargo ships and incidents in ports to nefarious, conspiratorial activities have a history, especially among adherents of the QAnon belief system.
Related: “Fact check: Supply chain delays not related to COVID-19 vaccine mandates”(Daniel Funke, USA Today).
- “Fact check: Image is from Australian refugee incident in 2001” (Miriam Fauzia, USA Today).
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