IOC statement on fake news campaigns targeting the IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently been faced with a number of fake news posts targeting the IOC. These are being shared on Telegram accounts and other social media platforms in a number of languages.


For example, quotes purporting to be from IOC representatives have recently been fabricated and added to a fake news report in order to give it an air of legitimacy.

This is not the first time the IOC has been faced with disinformation campaigns being run against the organisation on social media. Earlier this year, there was an entire documentary produced with defamatory content, a fake narrative and false information, using an AI-generated voice of a world-renowned Hollywood actor. This was removed from social media platforms because of its fabricated and defamatory nature. All this appears to be part of an organised disinformation campaign.

The IOC will continue to monitor the situation and will take action where appropriate and necessary.

The IOC advises any media representatives who come across such content on social media, and might be thinking of using the material in their own work, to confirm its authenticity with the IOC Press Office (

The official channels for the IOC’s institutional communications are the website, and IOC Media on XYouTubeLinkedIn, and Flickr.