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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 Mohammed Rafi song is viral on social media with the claim that the song, which was a part of a movie, was censored from the film fifty years ago. Another caption shared with the song suggests that it was banned in India by the then Congress government. But the claims on social media are baseless as it was not banned or modified.

What was shown: A message went viral claiming that a new debit card shaped smart passport will soon be launched in India. The WhatsApp message is accompanied with an image of a black colour credit card with details similar to an India passport. But this is false and the image was picked up from a blog that goes on to propose an All-In-One Identity solution for every citizen by using a Passport Booklet.

What was shown: A claim started circulating on social media that 350 people have converted to Islam, after the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand. But the images are unrelated and being shared with a false narrative.

What was shown: A letter viral on social media, with many presuming that it is a government order for social media users, is notifying people to abstain from using Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram to share political propaganda posts before the 2019 elections. But such a letter was not issued by the government.