The video only shows part of an incident in which an election poster was put up in Singapore
A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim it shows a worker for Singapore’s ruling party placing an election poster over an opposition party’s poster. The claim is misleading; the video only shows part of the incident; a longer version of the video shows the worker putting the poster above the opposition party’s poster.
The 34-second video was published here on Facebook on July 5, 2020. It has been viewed more than 8,300 times and shared more than 170 times.
It shows a man putting up a poster featuring a man’s face on a lamp post. A vehicle parked next to the lamp post displays flags for the ruling People's Action Party (PAP). The clip ends as the man appears to place the poster over another poster for the opposition, the Workers' Party (WP).
Below is a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post:
The post’s caption states: “Sigh why cannot play fair ..... be gracious to your opponents ... doing underhand stuff to your opponents means you are afraid of them ...Yes ?”
The post was shared shortly after Singapore dissolved its Parliament on June 23, 2020. A general election was held on July 10, 2020. The PAP retained power in the election, but its support fell sharply, while the opposition made gains, as AFP reported here.
The claim is misleading.
A reverse image search on Google found a longer version of the video published here. The clip is one minute one-second in length.
This longer video shows the same man eventually hanging the poster for the PAP candidate above the poster for the opposition candidate.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the longer version (R):
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the image on Google Street View (R):