On Nov. 2, the @officialkeanureeves_ TikTok channel posted a video of three purported “Matrix glitches.” The first clip supposedly showed a politician walking with a red briefcase that “inexplicably” changed to green after he passed a parked car.
Our research for this claim led us to the name Rishi Sunak, Britain’s treasury chief and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He’s the man who was holding the budget briefcase in the video. AFP referred to it as a “red budget box” in a different video.
While it does appear that Sunak’s briefcase changed colors from red to green, Indy100 reported that the matter was much simpler. It had nothing to do with a “Matrix glitch.”
Jonathan Samuels, a presenter for Sky News, explained on Twitter that it was a creative choice made in editing to align with the voiceover script, which read as follows: “It’s a critical year for tackling climate change, and the government is committed to reaching net zero by 2050. But how much will coronavirus impact what many believe would be a green budget?”
Hi. It was a device used by our climate change correspondent and her video editor who was posing the question “how green will the budget be..?” Admittedly quite subtle!!
— Jonathan Samuels (@jonathansamuels) March 11, 2020
Rhiannon Williams, a producer for Sky News, also explained the editing choice.
I produced the piece – just a small colour switch to emphasise the need for a green budget. It’s in the context of a climate/budget look ahead piece. The whole report is here, if you want to understand more: https://t.co/ROuQuFMhfn
— Rhiannon Williams (@_rhiannonw) March 11, 2020
In other words, the briefcase did not actually change colors from red to green, nor was a switch made behind the parked car. In reality, it was always red, and was simply changed by a video editor for a news report. We extend credit to HoaxEye for pointing us to Williams’ tweet.
As for the other “Matrix glitches” in the TikTok video, the glass moving across the table was likely caused by nothing more than condensation on the smooth surface. The presenter on the television program grabbed the table with his left hand right before the glass shifted to his right.
We will be publishing a separate fact check about the Pope’s purported disappearance, the last “Matrix glitch” seen in the TikTok video.
British Chancellor Rishi Sunak Presents the Budget Red Box | AFP. www.youtube.com, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy-rDEFLSzA.
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“Green Budget.” HoaxEye, 17 Apr. 2020, https://hoaxeye.com/2020/04/17/green-budget/.
Rishi Sunak’s Budget Briefcase Just Changed Colour on Live Television and No One Can Work out How. Indy 100. 11 Mar. 2020, https://www.indy100.com/news/rishi-sunak-chancellor-budget-2020-briefcase-folder-red-green-video-9393576.
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Will the Budget Tackle Climate Change? Sky News YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELrn0mmZnGE.