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Mass Confusion After Viral TikTok Claims Mona Lisa Is Stolen

A viral TikTok video claim about the theft of the Mona Lisa painting causes mass confusion among users.

The video was posted by a user named @narvanator on Saturday. In the video, he shows a succession of police cars going around (what he claims to be) Arc de Triomphe – the monument which is just 4kms away from the Louvre Museum. The caption of the video reads: “POV: your in Paris when the Mona Lisa has been stolen”. Since the four days it was posted, the video went viral and gathered more than 9 million views.

However, the TikTok video was indeed a hoax. Authorities clarified that the painting is not stolen or even removed any time recently. In fact, it has been on display at the Louvre Museum and open to the public. But this didn’t dissuade the TikTok user, who posted a follow-up video re-affirming his claim. In the short video, he claims that he is at the Louvre and confirmed with the staff that the painting is indeed stolen.

There is a reason why such claims gather attention so quickly. The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, is widely considered the most famous painting in the world. And it has indeed been stolen before. In 1911, an Italian handyman named Vincenzo Peruggia stole the painting and tried to sell it. But he was caught quite soon and spent six months in prison. In recent years, while the painting was never stolen, it was indeed subject to frequent attacks. The most recent attack was in the summer of last year when a cake was thrown at it by a climate activist.

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Meanwhile, no action has been taken against the user @narvanator, who continues posting follow-up TikTok videos sticking with his claim of theft.