On November 14, 2021, a Facebook user with the name, Baba Saleh, posted a picture on a Facebook page named “Blessing C. E. O Official.” Baba Selah who is a member of the group posted the picture with the caption, “Meet Joshua Ladu. He is from South Sudan. At 9’8ft, he is ranked the tallest man in the world.”
The post has generated 285 comments, 1600 shares, and 556 likes at the time of fact-checking this claim.
N-VA extracted the claim, “South Sudanese Man, Joshua Ladu is Ranked the Tallest Man in the World at 9’8ft” and went on to fact-check it.
POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE CLAIM
One of the reasons why the researcher decided to fact check this claim was that, it was posted on a public group page which is known for Certified RELATIONSHIP/ MENTAL EXPERT.
Intellectual entertainer, and has over 212, 400 members.
Also, the post has over a thousand shares already, meaning its echo chamber is spreading within the social media platform.
In our findings it was discovered that this post has been circulating on the internet since May 27, 2020, the first post was traced to Samuel Byamugisha Kamanzi.
In a quest for verification, the researcher searched for Joshua Ladu on the Guinness World Records website and discovered that such record is not ascribed to his name, and also the name does not appear anywhere in the book of fame. It was also discovered that no media house has reported Joshua Ladu as the tallest man in the world.
Due to the image poor quality, the researcher opined that the picture could have been manipulated, hence, used digital forensic tools to know the origin of the picture.
The photo was subjected to TinEye image search which was able to find the exact image which was been posted on the web on July 23, 2020, according to search results.
It was also subjected to Google reverse image search which did not find the original, unaltered photo as well, but the results showed an array of fact-check websites that had fact-checked the picture and verified that it is false.
Furthermore, the researcher searched for the word “tallest man in the world” and it was revealed that Robert Wadlow was ascribed the tallest man to ever have lived with 2.72 m (8 ft 11.1 inches) as his height as of June 27, 1940.
The claim that “South Sudanese Man, Joshua Ladu is Ranked the Tallest Man in the World at 9’8ft” is FALSE.