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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 is being shared on social media platforms with a misleading information that NASA made a machine which can produce artificial clouds for rain generation. Bollywood’s Big B also shared this video on his twitter handle making it more popular. But this was a viral BBC video which was edited. The first part of the clip where the host Jeremy Clarkson mentions this is a rocket test by NASA has been removed to create a false impression that it is a cloud generator.

What was shown: A Facebook account, appearing to be of actor Jisshu Sengupta, claimed that Bengali film actor Victor Banerjee, who also featured in Hindi movies such as Barfi, Ta Ra Rum Pum, had passed away. But Sengupta promptly took to his official Twitter handle to declare that the message of Banerjee’s death was a hoax and the concerned Facebook account do not belong to him.

What was shown: A Masjid in Bangalore comes into highlight when information spread that the Mosque (Modi Masjid) has been named after PM Narendra Modi. But the President of mosque Maulana Syed Altaf Ahmed confirms that the Modi Masjid is more than 170 years old and was named after Hazrat Modi Abdul Ghafoor.

What was shown: A Pakistani media report claimed that New Delhi is ready for talks with Islamabad, regarding the fact that Pakistan must first take ‘verifiable’ and ‘irreversible’ action against terrorism for resumption of dialogue. Rejecting the report, the Ministry of External Affairs said Prime Minister and External Affairs minister S. Jaishankar made no reference to talks in their response to congratulatory messages from their Pakistani counterparts.