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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 footage of protest against electronic voting machines by Bahujan Samaj Party leader Sunil Khambe has gone viral on social media. Captions shared with the footage claim that Khambe had voted for Congress, but his vote went to BJP, after which he staged his protest. While the the man in the video is BSP leader Sunil Khambe the captions are misleading. He actually threw ink on the EVM machine in a sign of protest against electronic voting at a voting booth in Thane. Khambe told BOOM that there was no error in the vote he casted, and that his protest was planned in advance as opposed to being an instantaneous reaction machines.”

What was shown:  Images of what appears to be a rupee note of 1000 denomination, have gone viral on social media. It is being claimed that this new currency note has been launched by the RBI. The two images supposedly represent the obverse and reverse side of the currency note. On Facebook, several individual users have posted these images with the identical claim. The 1000 rupee currency note had been discontinued by the government following the announcement of demonetization in November 2016. But a close look at the image reveals that it is merely an artistic creation, and not representative of a new currency note launched by the RBI.

What was shown:  An invitation announcing the wedding dates of actors Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor is viral on social media. The invite, riddled with errors, claims the duo are set to get married on January 22, 2020. The invite claims Ranbir’s parents actors Rishi and Neetu Kapoor are hosting the ‘Sagan ceremony’. The invite says the ceremony is to be held at Umaid Bhawan Palace but has spelling and grammatical errors. In the invite, Alia Bhatt has been introduced as the daughter of ‘Mrs Soni and Mr Mukesh Bhatt’. The invite is however fake.

What was shown: Suresh Chavhanke, of Sudarshan News, posted a video of Assaduddin Owaisi dancing in an election rally with a false claim he was celebrating the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari, Hindu Samaj leader. In the 1.33 minutes clip in his tweet, Chavhanke can be heard provocatively and falsely declaring that Owaisi was spotted dancing a day after the murder of Tiwari and calling for his arrest. But Owaisi, president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) danced on October 17 in a rally in Maharashtra, a day before Tiwari’s murder on October 18.