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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 policemen allegedly firing gunshots at a crowd of people is being shared on social media. The text accompanying the video suggests that cops shot students protesting against privatization. This video is being circulated in the backdrop of the recent students protest held in Bihar against the government mulling over privatising the Indian Railways. But the video actually depicts a 2017 mock drill video from Khunti, Jharkhand.

What was shown: A video of policemen allegedly firing gunshots at a crowd of people is being shared on social media. The text accompanying the video suggests that cops shot students protesting against privatization. This video is being circulated in the backdrop of the recent students protest held in Bihar against the government mulling over privatising the Indian Railways. But the video actually depicts a 2017 mock drill video from Khunti, Jharkhand.

What was shown:  A morphed image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing an Arabic Emirati headgear on his arrival in Riyadh is viral on social media. In the image, the prime minister can be seen sporting the headgear, known as the keffiyeh, as he is escorted by the governor of Riyadh, Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, from the airport. The image, is viral with a narrative that PM Modi dawned the headgear to “impress his counterparts in UAE.” However, the image has been photoshopped.

What was shown: A video of a biker who while performing a stunt was knocked down by a speeding car on the road has been shared with the claim that the accident happened in Karnataka’s Bengaluru. In the video, which seems to be filmed by a fellow rider, the biker can be seen performing a wheelie which is a stunt where the front wheel of a bike is lifted in the air and the vehicle is ridden on the rear wheel. But the incident took place on the Santos Dumont (SP-075) motorway in the city of Campinas located in the southern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.