On June 13 2019, @Complex tweeted the following footage, purportedly showing a ride called “Gyro Drop” and its “swing” feature:
The tweet was viewed more than 13 million times in just 24 hours. @Complex did not include any additional information about the “Gyro Drop” ride, such as its location.
However, replies to the tweet addressed whether the clip was genuine. One user shared a different video of the “Gyro Drop” ride that did not include the “swing” at a stomach-dropping height:
Ride: Gyro Drop
addy: Seoul, South Korea
Located: “Lotte World” (amusement park)
Oh and it’s fake????
Original ride goes up while spinning and down. No swings. pic.twitter.com/16Re3QiiqD
— •yktv• (@Ur_Usual_Bomber) June 14, 2019
That reader claimed “Gyro Drop” was located in Seoul, South Korea. A 2006 YouTube video showed the same ride in the same location, but without the swinging effect:
Popular debunking Twitter account @HoaxEye sent several tweets in response to the many versions of the Gyro Drop video, explaining that the most notably portion of the clip was computer generated:
The UK’s Independent explained the function of the edited version of Gyro Drop versus the actual ride:
In the footage, the tower extends to a quite alarming height and as the carousel rises up the seats drop down and effectively become swings and begin to rotate before dropping back down to the ground.
Rather than having dangerous looking swings drop down from the carousel, the seats remain in place as the ride spins around before dropping again.
A version of the clip tweeted by @Complex appeared on YouTube, but that iteration was labeled as creative fiction:
Gyro Drop is a real ride, but the video in which social media was awash in June 2019 is completely false. Riders of the thrill ride remained seated flush to its center pole.