US Does Not Have Robot Army To Shoot Those Who Refuse Covid-19 Vaccine

A video and several photos have been shared repeatedly in social media posts that claim they show robots designed to forcibly administer vaccines to humans. But the video and images have been shared in a false context. The footage was previously shared online by a digital effects artist, while the photos have circulated in posts unrelated to vaccines.

"Booster shot robot. If you refuse the vaccine it will shoot you dead immediately. Robot armies have spread across the United States and the world," reads this Korean-language Facebook post on October 20, 2021.

The post shared a video that appears to show a robot injecting a vaccine into a person at his residence.

It also shares a collage of robot photos and a screenshot of an article about robots being armed for military use.

Screenshot of the misleading post on Facebook. Captured October 25, 2021.

Similar posts have been shared on Facebook here, Naver Blog here and South Korean social networking service KakaoStory here.

But the video and photos have been shared a false context.

Computer-generated video

A reverse on Baidu found the video that shows a robot administering a vaccine was earlier shared on the Chinese social media platform QQ on May 30, 2021.

The caption states: "No need to line up anymore, this reduces the need to go out and go to gatherings".

The video was posted by Lin Gao-qing, who describes himself on QQ as "an unknown special effects blogger, [I] shoot whatever I can think of".

Lin has previously shared computer-generated imagery of robots here and here.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the video shared on Facebook (L) and the video posted by Lin (R):

Screenshot comparison of the video shared on Facebook (L) and the original video posted by Lin to his QQ account (R)

Robot photos

Reverse image searches on Google found the photos shared in the posts correspond to images of robots being tested for military use in the US -- not for vaccination.

The photos in the collage correspond to images of a robot shared on the website and Instagram account of Sword International, a US weapons manufacturer.

The company's website says it manufactures the unmanned rifle installed on top of the robot, the Vision-60 quadruped built by Ghost Robotics.

The screenshot was taken from this article published on a website called Newstarget.

It is about the same military use robots developed by Ghost Robotics and Sword International.

Below are screenshot comparisons of the photos in the false posts (L) and the original reports (R):

Screenshot comparison of the photos of the robot shared on the Facebook post (L) and corresponding images on the website of Sword International (R)
Comparison between a screenshot of the Newstarget article shared on Facebook (L) and a screenshot of the original article translated into Korean using Google Translate (R)

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by BOOM staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Updated On: 2021-11-03T18:33:37+05:30
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