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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 two transgenders seated in an auto-rickshaw went viral with the claim that they are organ harvesters. The caption accompanying the photo reads, “They are a new category of dacoits who walk into people’s homes and ask for a glass of water. And during that time if they realise that there are no men in the house, they attack the women, cut them and steal their kidneys.” This photo has been circulated multiple times with such fake claims.





What was shown: A photograph of a grand road went viral with the claim that it is the Mumbai-Goa national highway, built as the outcome of the developmental efforts of the Modi government. But the photo is of the Mersin-Antalya (Turkey) highway.

What was shown: A set of images of the Indian national flag beamed on international monuments has gone viral on social media. But they were all digitally created images and none of these international structures lit up in the colours of the Indian national flag.

What was shown: A video of Priyanka Gandhi talking angrily with people at what seems like a public gathering, has gone viral on social media. The text circulated with the video suggests that she can’t be trusted as a politician since she is an alcoholic. But it is an old video, which was captioned by a news agency as — “Priyanka Gandhi gets angry at the candlelight march, says nobody will push each other.”