A roundup of the week’s most popular but completely false stories and images. None of these are legitimate even though they were widely shared on social media. The Associated Press verified them. Here are the facts:
No law has been passed that allows the United States to “enter” Mexico
THE AFFIRMATION: A new law would allow the United States to enter national territory through the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, in the northeast of the country.
THE FACTS: The video that supposedly proves the claim only mentions an executive order recently issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that does not state that. There are no official or media reports from the United States or Mexico that confirm this statement.
A post shared on Facebook falsely states: “Just happened! Tamaulipas wants to be taken over by Texas, PAN members prepare a desperate act in Mexico”.
The text is accompanied by a video in which, to prove this assertion, a driver points out: “The Governor of Texas has asked (Joe) Biden to classify the cartels in such a way that United States law allows without the permission of Mexico enter our national territory. I am going to present everything to you from the word of the president of Mexico. This is not a lie.”
But this is not correct. On December 21, Abbott issued an executive order that designates the Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, but it does not establish that the United States can enter Mexican territory.
In fact, the official document reviewed by The Associated Press instructs the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to identify gangs in Texas that are helping the cartels, seize their assets, disrupt their networks and make arrests. It also asks other agencies to educate the public about the danger of fentanyl.
This information is not mentioned in the recording in question. In fact, the driver only shows a screenshot of the first page of the executive order where it is only reported that the Mexican cartels will be designated terrorist organizations.
In the recording, the driver talks about the commercial relationship between Texas and Tamaulipas, assures that this state “is the entrance of everything to the United States” referring to weapons, drugs and migrants and mentions – without showing evidence – an alleged agreement between Abbott and the current governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca.
However, after reviewing the video in its entirety, AP confirmed that it does not show any evidence that confirms that the executive order issued by the governor of Texas allows the United States to enter Mexico or that Tamaulipas intends to allow it.
— AP journalist Abril Mulato verified this information.
Mexican officials were not removed from the event for attending without being invited
THE AFFIRMATION: A video shows the writer Beatriz Gutiérrez, wife of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, ordering military personnel to remove Santiago Creel, president of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Deputies, and Alejandro Armenta, president of the Board of Directors of the Senate of the Republic, of an event headed by her husband for not having been invited.
THE FACTS: AP reviewed the official video of the event and confirmed that the officials were not evicted, only relocated to another sector. Gutiérrez denied that he had ordered the officials to be removed.
On September 13, the 175th anniversary of the Heroic Gesta de los Ninos Héroes led by President López Obrador was held at the Altar to the Homeland of the Miguel Hidalgo mayor’s office in Mexico City.
The event was attended by cadets from the Military College, the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum; representatives of the different Secretariats and the presidents of the boards of directors of the Chamber of Deputies and Senators, Creel and Armenta.
As a result of this, a video began to circulate on Twitter in which López Obrador is seen accompanied by two soldiers. Creel and Armenta walk on the left side and Sheinbaum on the right side. Behind them walk Gutiérrez and another individual.
At some point Sheinbaum is seen pointing at Creel and Armenta. Seconds later military personnel address the officials and they walk in another direction.
The phrase appears on the video: “Beatriz Gutiérrez taking the colados (uninvited) out of the AMLO event (López Obrador)”.
A widely shared tweet that includes said video falsely states: “The arrogance of Beatriz, ordered Santiago Creel to be removed.”
However, Gutiérrez did not order Creel or any other official to be removed. AP reviewed the audiovisual material shared by the Mexican government and confirmed that the latter attended the commemorative act and remained there until it ended.
In the recording you can see that Creel, Armenta, Sheinbaum, Gutiérrez and López Obrador walk together towards the altar of the country, but almost upon arrival a soldier asks Sheinbaum to follow her and requests the same from Gutiérrez. She, the latter, points to Creel and Armenta and the soldier asks them to follow her as well.
The five are directed to the stage where other officials are and to which López Obrador went after saluting the Mexican flag that that day was guarded by the flag escorts of the Heroic Military College, Heroic Naval Military School and the Air College. .
On the other hand, Gutiérrez responded to a tweet in which he was falsely accused of “running” officials and explained that the relocation responded to the protocols that are applied in official acts.
— April Mulatto
Simultaneous landing video was not recorded at the Mexican airport
THE AFFIRMATION: A video shows a simultaneous landing of two planes that occurred on September 19 at the Mexican Felipe Angeles Airport (AIFA).
THE FACTS: After conducting a reverse image search, AP found that the simultaneous landing was captured at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on May 1.
In addition, the video shows two planes landing on a runway that is close to sea level, and that is not the case with AIFA. The new airport is located 43 kilometers from the center of Mexico City and there are no bodies of water near the area.
A post shared on Twitter falsely claims that a video showing two planes landing at almost the same time was captured at the AIFA, which opened on March 21.
“See nothing but what a cool simultaneous landing yesterday at AIFA, those who said it was going to be a failure are hiding, AIFA airport luxury,” says the message that accompanies a recording where two planes are seen -one from Air Canada and another from United Express – landing almost at the same time.
But the statement is not correct. The post with the false claim shared a video posted by the @ilove_aviation account on September 20 that actually specifies that it was recorded at the SFO.
“I love SFO’s parallel landings! A 737 MAX 8 and an ERJ-175 landing in parallel at SFO,” reads the text, which credits Twitter user @NickFlightX.
After conducting a search of the social media accounts of said user, AP found that the video was recorded on May 1 of this year in SFO and that it is part of a compilation of videos of planes landing at the San Francisco airport.
“Air Canada and United Express making a parallel landing on a 28L and a 28R. These parallel landings never get old,” says @NickFlightX’s post. Later it includes the flight numbers, the types of aircraft, the place where they left and the date on which the landing was made.
Nick Hesler (NickFlightX) confirmed to the AP via an Instagram message that the video was recorded on May 1 and was not captured in Mexico. He added that he has been uploading aircraft content for over 10 years.
Finally, until September 29, neither Air Canada nor United Express travel to AIFA, according to information published on the airport’s website.
— April Mulatto
Information on the seismic alarm system in Mexico City is incorrect
THE AFFIRMATION: A graphic shared on Instagram assured that on September 27 a test of the seismic alarm system would be carried out in Mexico City from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
THE FACTS: The Center for Command, Control, Computing, Communications and Citizen Contact of Mexico City (C5) denied the information.
Through its social networks, C5 reported that the information shared is false.
“#Attention It is reported that by the C5 CDMX, no general test of the loudspeaker system of Mexico City will be carried out. #C5ConConfidence #CDMX”, says the publication of the public agency.
After a 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook several states in western and central Mexico on September 19, just the same day that it shook strongly in 1985 and 2017, and two days later another magnitude 6 earthquake, 8 did the same, dozens of people reported failures in the seismic alarm system in Mexico City.
On September 22, Juan Manuel García, head of the C5 of the Mexican capital, explained that he received hundreds of reports from users who reported failures in the loudspeaker in his neighborhood.
The official added that in five places in the metropolis the seismic alert lasted longer or was repeated several times, so he announced that tests would be carried out, but did not specify the dates on which they would be done.
As a result of this, on September 27, a graphic began to be shared through WhatsApp that says “Test of the Seismic Alarm System. Tuesday September 27. 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No action is required.”
The material includes the logos of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa).
But the image is apocryphal, since C5 himself, in charge of carrying out the tests of the seismic alarm system in Mexico City, confirmed it on his social networks.
AP also did not find official publications from SEMARNAT or Profepa announcing any test of the seismic alarm system.
C5 told the AP in a Facebook message that if tests are carried out over loudspeakers, they will be announced in a timely manner on their official social networks.
— April Mulatto