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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 viral video shows a fountain in Thailand which magically springs water when somebody chants the Hindu mantra – Om. In the video, a woman can be heard screaming into a mic and water shoots up. But the fountain does not magically shoot up water when someone says, ‘Om’. It is a voice-activated spring. So, the louder you shout, the higher the water goes, irrespective of what you scream.

What was shown: A photograph went viral on social media with the claim that it depicts Rajiv Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi offering Islamic prayers at Indira Gandhi’s funeral. But the photograph was actually shot at the funeral of independence activist, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.

What was shown: A video, showing water spouting out of a pipeline that burst, went viral with the caption, “The main Cauvery water pipe line broke on Kanakapura Road in Bangalore today. Although a disaster, it was a scene worth watching.” But the video is from Telangana and not  from Karnataka.

What was shown: A three-year old video of a train accident is being shared with a false claim that the video is of Seemanchal Express and the accident took place in Bihar this year. But the footage is of the Indore-Patna Express that met with an accident near Kanpur in 2016.