Mass media in Greece and Iran, a French far-right politician, as well as numerous users on social networks, used photos of the famous game designer Hideo Kojima, calling him the killer of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who tragically died at the hands of a 41-year-old gunman who was later identified as Tetsuya Yamagami.
The mistake first went viral after French far-right politician Damien Riot tweeted photos of Kojima in response to another politician’s tweet about the assassination. “Ultra-left extremism kills,” Rieu wrote over photos of the world-famous game designer in a Soviet fur cap, as well as with the portraits of Ernesto Che Guevara.
Rieu later deleted his tweet and apologized to Kojima, but not before people took screenshots and began actively sharing them. Hideo Kojima’s game studio has responded to the fake messages.
#KojimaProductions strongly condemns the spread of fake news and rumors that convey false information. We do not tolerate such libel and will consider taking legal action in some cases. pic.twitter.com/fDi0FR9kB0
— KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@KojiPro2015_EN) July 9, 2022
In a tweet, Kojima Productions said it “strongly condemns the spread of fake news and rumors that convey false information” and “will consider legal action in some cases.”