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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 of a minibus catching fire on a street is being shared on social media, claiming that it happened in India. “There was a couple in a car. The lady sprayed perfume on her body. The man next to her was smoking… causing an explosion! The two were charred to death; advised ladies/gents not to use perfume-spray inside the car when someone smoking or anywhere near fire-site, like, kitchen, havan, open-fire, etc,” reads the message posted with the same video. But the video is from a car explosion in China.


What was shown: A video of blindfolded men, who are flogged by a group of army personnel, is circulating on social media. The caption with the video reads, “Sri Lankan Police caught Terrorist supporters & watch treatment they gave to daily but no court no Biryani but daily this hard beating.” But is a video of the torture resistance training given to the Pakistani army soldiers.


What was shown: Multiple images of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh karyakartas are being circulated on social media with the claim that the photographs represent recent relief work carried out by the RSS in cyclone-hit Odisha. But none of them depicts RSS providing aid during Cyclone Fani in Odisha, but these are images of their earlier relief work.


What was shown: A video of policemen lathicharging a group of people is being shared on social media. The message claims that the members of the Muslim community in Nagaur district, Rajasthan are not allowed to cast their vote. It accuses the BJP, RSS, Shiv Sena and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being complicit in preventing the Muslim community from exercising their right to vote. But the video is from Gujarat and not Rajasthan as the people can be heard speaking Gujarati and there are multiple signboards in Gujarati.