An image that appears to show former South Korean President Moon Jae-in with his eyes closed has been repeatedly shared in Korean-language social media posts that falsely claim Moon fell asleep and missed his turn. speaking at a virtual meeting of world leaders. In fact, the image was taken from footage from the 2020 virtual G20 summit in Riyadh during a session where Moon was not supposed to speak. AFP found no credible reports that he dozed off and missed an opportunity to speak during the entire summit.
A misleading Facebook post containing the image was share June 6.
The Korean caption for the image translates to English in part as: “G20 leaders broadcast live on camera…It was South Korea’s turn to speak, but because [Moon] was sleeping… They skipped his turn and moved on to the next [leader]. Such a humiliation.”
The image shows background text that reads: ‘G20 Summit in Riyadh 2020′.
The summit was hosted by Saudi Arabia from November 21-22, 2020. Non-Saudi participants attended the event virtually due to the pandemic, AFP reported.
Screenshot of misleading claim shared on Facebook. Captured June 8, 2022.
Comments on the posts suggest that some users were misled by the claim.
“Didn’t he sleep at home?” wrote one user. “What a national embarrassment this is,” said another.
However, a Google keyword search found that the image matches the nine minute 23 second mark of pictures of the summit published by Forbes Middle East on YouTube on November 23, 2020.
AFP reviewed the entire video and found no indication that Moon had to speak or that his turn had been skipped.
The video is titled “G20 Leaders‘ Summit: Closing Remarks”.
It shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and then Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte delivering their closing remarks on the second day of the summit to G20 leaders, which were shown on separate screens.
Below is a screenshot comparison between the image shared with the misleading claim on Facebook (left) and the corresponding image in the YouTube video (right):
Moon Summit Remarks
The then-South Korean presidential office gave separate press briefings on Moon’s comments during the first and second days of the summit, covering topics such as multilateralism and carbon neutrality.