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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: A photograph of an emaciated man was being circulated with the claim that a Jain monk is fasting unto death to stop cow slaughter in India. But the photo of the monk resembles the ancient Jain religious ritual of Santhara (fast unto death).

What was shown: A video was being circulated with claims that a terrorist was killed and three were arrested at Tirupathi Tirumala bypass road. But the video is of a mock drill conducted by Telangana police’s OCTOPUS team.

What was shown: An article that recently went viral, suggests that the PM Modi-led government has taken the ‘historic step’ of printing Indian currency notes featuring former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But the government has not made any announcement yet, regarding the issuance of such Indian currency notes or coins.

What was shown: A photo was being circulated with the claim that Indian cricket team’s former captain is considering contesting election on a Congress ticket. But the photo is of when the T20 squad met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi. During the meet, Dhoni had gifted an autographed cricket bat to Sonia Gandhi.