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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 message regarding the availability of an online voting facility for Non-Indian Residents (NRIs) in 2019 general elections is doing the rounds on social media. It claims that any Non-Resident Indian (NRI), who holds an Indian passport can now vote online by registering themselves on the website of Election Commission of India (ECI). The claim about NRIs registering and voting online is partially true to the extent that they can register online for voting. As far as the casting of votes for overseas Indian voters is concerned, the Election Commission of India has specified that an overseas Indian voter has to be physically present at the polling booth with his/her Indian passport.

What was shown: A video circulated on social media claims that the Pakistani flag was waved at a rally of the Congress party in Tumkur, Karnataka. In the video, a green-coloured flag with a crescent and star can be seen. The green-coloured flag seen in the video is not the Pakistani flag. It is in fact the banner of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a political party based in Kerala.

What was shown: A disturbing video of gangsters brutally assaulting a man is being shared with a misleading caption that members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are beating Muslims and asking them to go to Pakistan. But police say that the men seen in the video are members of a gang who extort money and assault those who refuse.

What was shown: A viral post on social media claims that inspired by the Prime Minister, an Australian has named his apple business Modi. But in reality, the apples are named after renowned artist Amedeo Modigliani.