A video circulating on Twitter shows a man stroking the back of a woman sitting next to him during what appears to be a conference in China.
It has been shared with a false claim that he is a delegate from the World Health Organization inappropriately touching a female attendee during a briefing session about the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.
The post in Japanese alleges the clip shows how “dirty” and “untrustworthy” WHO officials are. It has been viewed more than 245,000 times with about 9,000 shares and 14,000 likes.
These allegations are false. The man in the video is a 2006 Nobel Prize laureate in physics, Professor George Smoot, not someone from WHO or a politician.
The clip shows Smoot attending a business conference in Julu County in Hebei Province in China in June 2018 with his significant other.
Annie Lab contacted the American astrophysicist and he confirmed through email that it is him in the video and his partner was having a sore back at the time.
It was one of a series of events organized by the county government to promote local products and tourism as well as to attract investments.
Smoot was there as the chief technology counsel to the county government, according to a news report.