#BBCtrending: Is video of Syrian 'hero boy' authentic?

A video purporting to show a Syrian boy under gunfire pretending to be dead in order to rescue a young girl has been viewed over 5 million times.

Some may find the content of the video disturbing. While many have proclaimed the boy as an inspirational hero, its authenticity has been widely questioned.

#BBCtrending spoke to Amira Galal of BBC Monitoring's Middle East team about the difficulties of verifying the truth behind it.

Update: Since writing this blog, BBC Trending has confirmed that the video was faked, after speaking to a group of Norwegian filmmakers who said they shot the video in Malta earlier this year.

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