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FBI is NOT Searching for Woman Flipping Baby in Viral Video

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Message circulating via social media claims that the FBI is calling on users to help identify a woman seen violently flipping a baby around and upside down in a viral video.

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Brief Analysis
The video footage itself is genuine but the FBI has not asked people to share the video in the hope of identifying the woman. The video depicts an extremely controversial technique practised in Russia known as "baby yoga". Although condemned by many health experts, the technique is not illegal in Russia and neither the FBI nor local law enforcement is looking for the woman to arrest her as claimed.

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FBI ARE SEARCHING FOR THIS WOMAN WHO IS SEEM FLIPPING A BABY AROUND UPSIDE DOWN. THEY ARE ASKING U TO SHARE THIS VIDEO AND ASKING ANYBODY WHO KNOWS THIS WOMAN TO TURN HER IN TO THE FBI OR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

This video is actually sick, This video has made me and im sure others around the world cry for this baby. I cant imagine what these people are actually thinking. Share this video, We need it to go viral and get these people BEHIND BARS! JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED!


Detailed Analysis


According to a message currently circulating rapidly via social media, the FBI has requested that users share an attached video depicting a woman violently flipping and twisting a baby. The message claims that the FBI is searching for the woman.  It requests that anyone who knows who the woman is should report the matter to the FBI or local law enforcement so that she can be jailed.

The video footage itself is real. However, the FBI is not looking for the woman in the video as claimed. And the FBI has certainly not asked social media users to pass on the video in the hope of identifying her.

In fact, the video depicts a controversial, but quite well documented, technique known as "baby yoga".  The technique originates from Russia. One of the most well known proponents of the technique is a Russian woman named Lena Fokina.  Fokina became infamous when another video showing her using the technique on a baby went viral in 2011.

Fokina and other Russian baby yoga advocates claim that the technique is safe and therapeutic. In fact, "dynamic baby gymnastics" is common in Russia and has been practised there in various forms for decades. Nor is it illegal in that country. However, it is nevertheless very controversial, even in Russia. Health experts around the world have warned that the technique may be potentially dangerous.

But, whatever your thoughts on baby yoga, the claims in the above protest message remain nonsensical. As noted earlier, the technique is legal in Russia. Thus, the FBI is not looking for the woman. Nor would the FBI have any jurisdiction to arrest her even if it was. And local law enforcement is not looking for her either.

Many people are likely to find the video disturbing. However, sending on nonsensical claims about a non-existent FBI campaign to find the woman in the video is utterly pointless and will help nobody.

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Last updated: October 8, 2013
First published: October 8, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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