A Twitter video posted on Feb. 28 shows a woman appearing to become invisible in an office upon wrapping herself with a fabric that looks entirely transparent in the clip.
The user wrote, “Chinese social networks report the arrival of the first thousand invisible military suits to the People’s Liberation Army of China,” although there is “no official confirmation.”
The tweet picked up over 10,000 retweets and likes at the time of writing.
None of these claims is true. The video was made with a simple green screen and post-production editing.
We also made a video to show how easy it is to make an “invisibility cloak,” applying the chroma key effect with the use of a green blanket and mimicking the clip in question.
We used the Zoom application’s virtual background function for this video.
Finding original video
A reverse image search result indicated the video once went viral in 2018. We noticed the three simplified Chinese characters “短视频” (short videos) on a green sign hanging from the office ceiling in the video and decided to search Chinese social media platforms.
We first found the same video on Weibo uploaded in July 2018. It had a Douyin ID watermark.
We then traced the original video to a Douyin clip published on July 19, 2018.
This Douyin account seems to belong to a Beijing-based creator who also posted many videos related to anime and figurines on the platform.
This video has also been investigated by Snopes.