This video shows computer generated imagery of flying trains created by a simulation platform

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A video purporting to show trains flying over China has been shared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The claim is false; the video in fact shows computer generated imagery created by a simulation platform. 

The four-minute video was published on Facebook on February 1, 2021.

“Flying and floating train in China,” the capion reads. “Amazing.”

A screenshot taken on February 3, 2021, of the misleading Facebook post.

The video was widely shared on Facebook herehere and here, and also on Twitter and YouTube.

The claim, however, is false.

AFP ran a reverse image search on Google using keyframes from the video and found it in fact shows computer generated imagery. 

The footage was published on a verified YouTube channel called Dendi Komara Railfans ID on August 10, 2020.

The YouTube video, which has more than 30 million views, has an Indonesian-language description that reads in part “Nama Game: Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019” and “This video is made for entertainment purposes only.”

Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019 is a train simulation platform. 

Below is a screenshot comparison of the YouTube video (L) and the misleading Facebook post (R):

A screenshot comparison of the YouTube video (L) and the misleading Facebook post (R):

AFP has previously debunked a false claim that the video shows a flying train in Japan.