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viral lies: exposed

Last updated on January 18, 2019

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: “Rohingyas are killing Hindus and eating their flesh, a case from Mewat, this news may send shivers down your spine” (translated from Hindi) – this was a caption being shared with a viral image that showed people dismembering dead bodies. But the image does not show ‘Rohingyas eating Hindus’. It is representative of a funeral ritual of Tibet, according to a blog post where the image first appeared.

What was shown: A viral video where Congress President Rahul Gandhi can be seen offering namaaz, along with senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and some members of the Muslim community, was being shared with the claim that it was taken after the recent polls and that he has not converted to Islam. But it is a 2016 video of when Rahul Gandhi visited a famous dargah in Ambedkar Nagar.

What was shown: A video viral on social media claims that riots broke out in Jodhpur (Rajasthan) after Congress’s victory in the state. The same is being shared with other narratives — one claiming that there will now be ‘Ravan Rajya’ in Rajasthan and that the worse is yet to come for Hindus. But the video is of Gujarat riots.

What was shown: A text message which claims booking sites Make MyTrip and Goibibo are banned by hotels is going viral on WhatsApp and other social media platforms. But the message is false and the online platforms are accepting bookings.