Riots In Brazil Over World Cup? Old Vine Tricks Netizens

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Rumors there were riots in Brazil took off after an old Vine clip went viral on Tuesday after the country's loss to Germany in the World Cup. Reuters

Many feared that Brazilians would riot after their team's crushing loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinal match on Tuesday. A 1-7 loss would be hard for any home country to swallow, but many Brazilians already were protesting the expense of hostinng the World Cup, and the humiliating loss to Germany hardly improved the national mood.

While there was some unrest in the country, with a bus reportedly having been set on fire by fans in São Paulo, a Vine clip has begun to go viral.

The problem is, the protest in the video occurred a year ago. The six-second clip was originally posted on June 17, 2013, by Vine user Lucio Amorim. It shows a nationwide protest after Brazilians were upset over a local bus-fare increase, the Wall Street Journal wrote at the time. The hashtags #protestorj stands for Rio de Janeiro protest and #protestosp stands for São Paulo protest.

A year later, the Vine video has more than 17,000 Twitter shares, nearly 50,000 Facebook shares and has been looped more than 200,000 times.

The "Official Agent," an unverified news source with a 25,000-person following, tweeted pictures of the alleged riots.

Reuters did not have any official pictures of the so-called riots on Tuesday night after the game as of 10 p.m. ET.

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