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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 got viral on twitter showing a lynching that took place in India. In the video, a young man is being brutally murdered by three people. The video was shared via a tweet made by Payal Rohatgi Fanclub but was later deleted.  But later it was claimed that the incident shown in the video was that of a murder that happened at Praia do Futuro in Fortaleza, Ceara in Brazil on December 30, 2018.

What was shown- A message got viral on WhatsApp claiming that the Central Government has made the messaging application unavailable for use every day between 11:30 pm and 6 am. The message warned people to become more active WhatsApp users by forwarding the news to their contacts or else their accounts would be deemed “invalid” within 48 hours. But, a spokesperson of WhatsApp termed the viral message a “known hoax”. Moreover, policy changes by WhatsApp are announced on its blog and no such warning was issued by the messaging application.

What was shown- A video got viral which shows that devotees were burnt alive when a cable car caught fire at Mansa Devi Temple in Haridwar. Multiple Facebook users shared this video with a caption of “A lot of people were engulfed in a blaze at Haridwar’s Mansa Devi Jhula. It was a very painful incident”. But the video of fire engulfing a cable car was a four-year-old from Jericho in Palestine in March, 2015.

What was shown- A video has been doing rounds on social media where a group of men in skull caps can be seen pelting stones on place of worship. The clip has gone viral with the claim that members of the Muslim community were hurling stones at a temple in Atali village, Faridabad in Haryana. But the video is from Jaipur, Rajasthan and the incident shown took place in 2015 and furthermore, the building seen in the video is a Mosque and not a temple situated in Sanganer. The attackers in video are from Barlevi community.