A video shared on Facebook on Wednesday showing a fight between a bus driver and passenger quickly spread across social media, with over 130 people sharing the original post and hundreds of others expressing their shock at the incident.
However, the video is not recent and the incident actually took place back in 2016.
Video shared on a local Facebook group
The video, shot in the busy town of San Ġwann was shared on Wednesday by a Facebook group called Bużullotti – Malta, a popular group with over 61,000 followers. The post drily describes the video as a “fight in San Ġwann”, asking readers to send in their comments.
While many readers wrote in to express their shock at the fight, blaming it on the searing heat, several others pointed out that this was old footage.
The video shows a man assaulting a bus driver alongside his stopped bus on San Ġwann’s Tal-Balal road. The assailant holds the bus driver in a headlock as a man and woman make a futile attempt to calm him down and release the driver.
The incident dates back to November 2016, when shocked onlookers watched a man suddenly exit his car, seemingly unprovoked, and assault the driver through the bus window before hauling the driver out of the bus.
CCTV footage from the bus showed the driver frantically attempting to report the incident over the phone before he was pulled out of the bus.
The fight eventually died down as the assailant returned to his car and drove off before wardens arrived on the scene. No serious injuries were reported.
The assailant was later identified as a then-28-year-old man from the town of Qormi.
The incident was widely reported at the time, with Malta Public Transport saying that they were “shocked at this vicious attack on one of our drivers”.
Police said that they are aware that the video is currently being shared on social media, confirming that this is not a recent incident.
While the fight in the video really did take place, the footage is not recent. The fight was widely reported by several local media houses, including Times of Malta, when it took place in November 2016.
Police also confirmed that the footage is not recent.
The claim is therefore misleading, as although the claim may, in itself, be partly or entirely true, it is presented in a manner that is not representative of the facts within a broader context.
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