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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 photograph of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor with a group of women is being shared on social media as the Kerala MP in the company of Pakistani cricketers’ wives. But the image was posted by Tharoor himself on February 19, 2018. He isn’t in the company of Pakistani cricketers’ wives but the women of Indore’s Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, as per his tweet.

What was shown: A message viral on social media attributes a purported speech to former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, encouraging Muslims to leave the country. “Muslims, who are demanding Sharia law have been asked to leave Australia by Wednesday because Australia sees fanatic Muslims as terrorists. Each and every mosque will be searched and Muslims will cooperate with us in this process,” reads a part of the supposed speech attributed to Gillard. But this speech ascribed to Gillard was cooked-up with bits and pieces lifted from various places.

What was shown: A photograph of a young boy and a woman was shared on social media with the narrative that it a childhood photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his mother, Hiraben. It was initially shared as former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s childhood photograph. But the photograph is of an unidentified family.

What was shown: A poster shared on social media claims that a Pakistani man masquerading as an Indian cricket fan was urinating at The Oval, London, during the India vs Australia game. A collage of photographs, where a man dressed in the Indian tricolour can be seen, was also shared along with the poster. It suggested that a Pakistani citizen attempted to tarnish India’s image by pretending to be an Indian fan who indulged in the obscenity. But the man involved in the obscenity is an Indian-origin man named Narendra Bhojani.