No, there wasn’t an assassination attempt on Saudi Crown Prince MBS

Dozens of social media users have been sharing a video that they say shows an assassination attempt on the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It doesn’t matter that the video in question is a few months old and actually shows a traffic accident – the fake news has been spreading across X, Facebook, Instagram and Telegram in dozens of languages.

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  • Both traditional media outlets and social media users started sharing a video of a car accident on the evening of May 6, claiming that it showed an assassination attempt on the life of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS.

  • In reality, this video shows a car accident that took place on March 16, 2024. No one was injured in the crash, according to emergency responders, the Saudi Civil Defense.

The fact check, in detail

Social media users began sharing a video filmed in Riyadh, the capital of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, showing a burning car and falsely claiming that it showed an assassination attempt on Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS. Some posts featuring this video have garnered hundreds of thousands of views.

Neither the article by Nabd News nor the tweet from the Beirut News Center mentioned Mohammed bin Salman. However, later on, Russian accounts on Telegram started reporting that the crown prince was the victim of an assassination attempt.


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