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viral lies: exposed

misinformation through WhatsApp forwards —videos and photos — spreads like wildfire. Here is our compilation of fake WhatsApp videos that went viral and the reality behind these distorted facts

What was shown: “After successfully damaged 2000 notes within 2 years Sardar Statue cracking in 2 weeks” — this caption was being shared with close-up pictures of the recently inaugurated Statue of Unity. In these images, certain sections of the statue have been highlighted with a blue outline and within these, one can see white lines that were being portrayed as cracks. But the white markings are at places where different individual blocks have been joined and are not cracks.

What was shown: Pictures of crowd were shared as that of PM Modi’s election rally in Jodhpur, claiming that it is illustrative of how strong the BJP is in the state. But it is an image from a video of the Kisan Hunkar rally that took place in January.

What was shown: Several photos of streets displaying purported Pakistani national flags were circulated on WhatsApp. It was claimed that these flags were hoisted in Kolkata to celebrate the election Mayor Firhad Hakim. But social media users confused a generic religious flag with Pakistan’s national flag.

What was shown: “No Prime Minister has been so insulted in history. FIFA has also understood who he is, what he is”. A photo of PM Modi has gone viral on social media with this message. In the image, Modi can be seen holding a jersey with the words ‘Modi 420 living football FIFA’. But the image has been photoshopped to replace the original text ‘G20’ with ‘420’.