Fact Check

Is This a Real Video of Israeli Flag Displayed on the Las Vegas Sphere?

The picture circulated in the wake of Hamas' surprise attack on Israel in October 2023.

Published Oct 12, 2023

Image Via @FrankIsBusiness/X
Viral video authentically shows an Israeli flag displayed on the exterior of the Las Vegas Sphere during the Israel-Hamas conflict in October 2023.

In October 2023, the claim spread on social media platforms that an Israeli flag was displayed on the outside surface of the Las Vegas Sphere, a venue built to host immersive shows, concerts, and other events in Las Vegas, Nevada. The claim spread days after war broke out between Israel and Hamas beginning with a missile attack by Hamas on Oct. 7.

“The Vegas Sphere showing impressive support for Israel,” a X (formerly known as Twitter) post said on Oct. 10, 2023. Attached to the post was a video that claimed to show the Israeli flag projected on the Sphere's exterior.

An X post says, "The Vegas Sphere showing impressive support for Israel." Below the post is an image that shows the flag of Israeli on a large sphere, with many cars in traffic below it. (@FrankIsBusiness/X)

We also found the claim on other social media platforms, like Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok.

The video wasn’t real.

In a reply to the X post that contained the video, we found a post from the official X account of the Las Vegas Sphere. The post said, “This image was photoshopped. Please reach us with any questions about Sphere.” When we reached out to the company, a spokesperson confirmed the image had not appeared there.

We also saw in the replies for the X post that promoted the video that another account on the platform had been tagged as the real creator of the video. When we looked for further information, we found a post pinned at the top of the account that said the person had created a video effects (VFX) video of an Israeli flag on “a ball” and that they had wanted to “create NOISE and be heard.”

We found the post attributed to the account on other social media platforms. For example, the Facebook account of PerezHilton.com posted the video on its Facebook account and attributed the video to the account. The Facebook post did not say the video was fake.

We’ve previously fact-checked other fake images related to the Sphere, including one that claimed to show a Windows error message.


Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/PerezHilton/posts/pfbid03vjJQxXxqskmXfAhtKNGmkQz8dc7Y9C3wPx8mmEKC1evVeRJtocp5WxdAfYWL53ul. Accessed 12 Oct. 2023.

“Https://Twitter.Com/Tallywood/Status/1712191597537087905.” X (Formerly Twitter), https://twitter.com/Tallywood/status/1712191597537087905. Accessed 12 Oct. 2023.

Israel Hamas War Archives | Snopes.Com. https://www.snopes.com/tag/israel-hamas_war/. Accessed 12 Oct. 2023.

Sphere | Immersive Shows, Concerts & Events in Las Vegas. https://www.thespherevegas.com/. Accessed 12 Oct. 2023.

Wrona, Aleksandra. “Is This a Real Pic of the Las Vegas Sphere Displaying a Windows Error Message?” Snopes, 10 July 2023, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/las-vegas-sphere/.

Izz Scott LaMagdeleine is a fact-checker for Snopes.