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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 picture of a young woman wearing a hijab (headscarf) and holding a placard in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi went viral on social media. But the image is photoshopped. The original photo was taken at the University of Mary Washington, and dates back to at least 2012. The text on the placard was against the stereotypes that Muslims are often subjected to.

What was shown: Several old videos and images of plane crashes around the world are being shared online with false claims that they show the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash near Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019 killing all 157 people on board. Another video making the rounds where one can spot the burning wreckage of a plane crash with bodies lying around. But it was from a recent plane crash in Colombia.


What was shown: Ever since the brutal suicide bomb attack in Pulwama on February 14 killing 40 CRPF soldiers, several social media posts have gone viral that claim Congress-led UPA fought terrorism better than BJP-led NDA. But the posts have tried to pass off numbers from various unrelated sources as data from the Central Information Commission (CIC) & South Asian Terrorism Portal (SATP).


What was shown: A viral clip is being shared with the caption, “Cash Cash and Cash only. One of Tamil Nadu Politician – Fire in his godown Today – Currency burnt is meagre only. But see the stash of unaccounted money.” A video of an art installation in Spain showing a room with stacks of various currency notes is being falsely attributed online to an unnamed Tamil Nadu’s politician’s warehouse that caught fire.