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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 video clip from the funeral procession of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being shared with a false caption, alleging that a massive crowd turned up in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was on his way to file his nomination for the Lok Sabha election.

What was shown: “Bank will be remain closed on every Saturday from 1st June | RBI has approved 5 days working for Banks. Timing 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Why can’t other sectors also can do same? Private sector? Hospital? In metro city like mumbai surat u have enough money to earn but what is quality of life?”, reads the message currently viral on social media. According to the message, Reserve Bank of India has approved a five-day work plan for banks and from June 1 they will remain closed every Saturday. But it is a hoax message that has been in circulation since 2017.

What was shown: A shocking video showing four people falling on the street while escaping fire in a high-rise building, as fire fighters scramble and crowd looks on, has been viral on social media with a false claim that the fire occurred at an office building in the suburb of Andheri in Mumbai. But the video is from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

What was shown: A viral message claimed that there is a plan to burn down 200 churches and kill 200 missionaries within 24 hours. It stated that 20 churches were burnt down last night and tonight they want to destroy more than 200 churches in Olisabang province and that they want to kill 200 missionaries within the next 24 hours This message is fake as there is no province named Olisabang province in India.