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Internet hoaxers falsely identify US comic Sam Hyde as ‘Ghost of Kyiv’

Published on 08/03/2022 at 17:33

Social media users are sharing an image of what appears to be US comic Sam Hyde in a fighter jet cockpit as proof that he is the mythical “Ghost of Kyiv” responsible for shooting down numerous Russian jets amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine. This is false: while the existence of the viral “Ghost of Kyiv” is unsubstantiated, AFP Fact Check found that an image of a US pilot has been edited to add Hyde’s face. This claim has nevertheless been taken seriously by some social media users who are not familiar with the US comic. It is part of a long-running hoax linking the comedian to tragic events worldwide.