Misleading

A video from 2020 that wrongly tagged a render of a Norwegian bridge as that of the planned 15-kilometer super bridge that will link Mindoro to Batangas has resurfaced.

Behind Asia’s video titled “The Mindoro-Batangas Super Floating Bridge” has garnered more than four million views since its posting in August 2020, including a spike of more than 850,000 views from shares and other posts around mid-January.

A reverse image search shows the picture used to depict the super bridge is actually a render of a Norwegian floating bridge.

According to a master’s thesis published in 2017, the render was a proposed design for a pontoon bridge crossing the town of Bjørnafjorden. The bridge is part of the E39 highway along Norway’s west coast.

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