• September 30, 2020 2:22 pm

Reporting From Delhi

Viral lies: exposed


Nov 8, 2019

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 the Indian and Pakistani army exchanging sweets in the backdrop of Diwali celebrations is viral on social media. “Indian & Pakistani forces exchanged mithai & greetings. How many lapdog channels showed this to the public? How many newspapers had it on the front page? Drum-beating, chest-thumping Mr 56 will sacrifice any number of lives for political gain before 2024.”, reads a message tweeted along with the video. But the video is of 2015 Republic day celebrations at the Kaman post in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

What was shown: Images of a Muslim cleric injured in an attempted robbery are being shared with a claim that members of the Rashtrya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal tried to murder him. The viral message reads, “The lowly, coward Sanghis and Bajrangis attacked Imam Hafeez Adnan, the cleric of a mosque on Jail Road, Lucknow, with a sword at 11 pm. The great Allah ensured he was safe”. But the images misidentify the cleric as Hafeez Adnan. His real name is Abdul Mukim, a cleric at a mosque on Jail Road, Lucknow. Lucknow police and the injured Maulana denied a communal reason behind the attack.

What was shown:  A set of four videos of waves hitting the coast of Muttrah in Oman is viral on social media with claims that it is an incident that occurred in Mumbai’s ‘Marine Lines’, earlier this week. The videos show giant waves hitting the road adjacent to the Muscat beach, as passers-by run for shelter. The videos have been captioned as, “Last night, marine lines. Mumbai.” But the video is not from Mumbai and the beach road has been identified as Al Bahri Road, which is in Muscat, Oman.

What was shown: A video of a sniper supposedly shooting at terrorist targets is being shared with the claim that US forces eliminated Islamic terrorists from a two-kilometre distance. “Watch this fun video where American soldiers shot at the head of Islamic Jihadis from a two-kilometre distance -translated”, reads the message posted along with the video tweeted by one Arvind Tank. But the video is actually of a gameplay footage from ‘Medal of Honor’.