{A photograph} of an individual with a bruised face that was shared throughout a number of Fb teams in June 2020 claiming violence at Black Lives Matter protests turned out to be an outdated {photograph} of Anastasia Yankova taken after one in all her MMA fights in 2016.

In accordance with AFP Australia, the Fb posts, which confirmed a cropped model of Yankova’s face, claimed that the individual was “overwhelmed and raped” at a Black Lives Issues protest.

The submit reads: “The opposite night time on the BLM protest I used to be overwhelmed and raped by three POC. I didn’t name the police or report it. I don’t need to see any extra black lives ruined by police brutality. #endpolice #defundthepolice #blacklivesmatter”.

Over the previous month, anti-racism demonstrations have taken place world wide to protest police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, the African-American man killed by a white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for greater than eight minutes till he suffocated. The officer ordered Mr. Floyd to “calm down” whereas the restrained man gasped, “Please, I can’t breathe.”

Together with the anti-racism protests, there was been a noticeable improve in pretend information associated to the protests. The Yankova photograph appeared on the Australian Meme Cult — a Fb group with greater than 22,000 members — and was shared repeatedly earlier than being taken down.

AFP Australia

AFP Australia was capable of finding the unique photograph by means of a reverse picture search on Google, which led them again to Yankova’s Instagram submit from September 18, 2016 — simply two days faraway from her Bellator 161 victory in Texas. Her Instagram submit carries the caption, “That is MMA, babe.”

“It’s unhappy how individuals [are] utilizing the image for pretend information,” Yankova informed AFP. “It’s my image, which I took after my struggle at Bellator 161. This struggle was not simple, and I took the pic, trigger I needed to indicate this a part of skilled fighters life too.”