Check out these 5 fake viral videos. From a Golden Eagle snatching a child out of a park to a snowboarder being chased by a bear, these are 5 fake viral videos everyone thought were real.
5. Worst Twerk Fail Ever – Girl Catches Fire
This video shows a girl testing out her twerking skills. She dances around her apartment before doing a handstand against the doorway. What happens next set the internet on fire.
News outlets and internet commentators went into overdrive quickly spreading the footage far an wide. Soon the twerk girl that caught fire was all over social media.
To date, this viral video has wracked up more than 19 million views.
However, the truth was later revealed. The entire video was set up by the marketing geniuses over at Jimmy Kimmel Live. They posted a short version of the video to a fake Youtube account and let it brew for two months. It got 9 million views in less then a week. They revealed the hoax on their show, airing a longer version that shows Jimmy Kimmel extinguishing the flaming twerker.
4. Man Fights Off Great White Shark in Sydney Harbour
This daredevil thought it’d be fun to film himself on a GoPro as he jumps off a cliff in Sydney Harbour, Australia. As he plunges into the water, his friends start screaming that there’s a shark in the water. We then see terrifying images of the swimmer thrashing about in the water as a Great White Shark stalks nearby.
As of now, this stunning footage has ticked up over 35 million views.
The footage was later revealed to be a hoax created by a production house called The Woolshed Company. They spliced in video images of a Great White with the original GoPro footage to create this now famous fake viral video.
3. Golden Eagle Snatches Kid
This alarming footage was taken in a park in Montreal, Canada. It shows a man filming a Golden Eagle soaring through the sky above the park. The giant bird swoops on a nearby child and attempts to fly off with its prey. The man filming runs to their aid and luckily the child is unscathed.
It was later revealed that the viral video was a fake. A group of students from Montreal’s National Animation and Design Centre, Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault, and Félix Marquis-Poulin, created the short film for a project in their Digital Design Class. Needless to say, they all got an ‘A’.
2. Snowboarder Chased by Bear
Taken on a wrist camera, this snowboarder casually films her run down the mountain. What she doesn’t realise is that a hungry bear is just metres behind, chasing her down the hill.
This crazy footage quickly went viral, getting shared millions of times across social and traditional media.
The incident was soon outed as a fake. The previously mentioned production firm, The Woolshed Company put their hands up for this one, proving yet again that they know how to make a video go viral.
1. Girl Dies After Prank Goes Wrong
Just a quick warning with this one, even though the footage is fake, it still may be confronting for some of you to watch.
The setting for this fake viral video is that a boyfriend has set up a camera to scare his girlfriend. When she returns home he is dressed as a masked intruder and lunges at her. She runs from the house screaming. In a frenzy she crosses the road and gets hit by a car.
When this footage went live everyone was convinced that this was a prank gone horribly wrong. It got shared millions of times, as it spread across social media sites.
Truthfully however, it was a short film written and directed by former Project Greenlight winner Kyle Rankin.
So there’s our list of 5 fake viral videos. Did this listicle inspire you to do a little photoshopping? If so, let us know on Twitter and Facebook.