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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke October 9, 2023

Video shows Iranian lawmakers chanting ‘death to America’ in 2020, not 2023

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  • This video is from January 2020.

After Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, old footage of Iranian lawmakers chanting "death to America" in the country’s parliament started to recirculate social media. 

But multiple posts are describing the footage as if it were recent. It’s not.

"Iran law makers chant death to America… didn’t Joe Biden just give Iran $6 billion?" reads text flanking the video. "Joe Biden’s 2nd war while in office… god speed Israel!"

A ticker reading "breaking news" scrolls below the clip. 

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An Oct. 7 Instagram post sharing the video was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

(Screengrab from Instagram)

This video is from January 2020, and captured events after a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The "death to America" chant is also unrelated to $6 billion in funds that were recently unfrozen in a U.S.-Iran prisoner swap.

We rate claims that this video shows events in 2023 False.


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