• September 30, 2020 3:15 pm

Reporting From Delhi

Viral lies: exposed


Nov 15, 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 claim about Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupathi Balaji temple planning to donate 100 crore rupees for the construction of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya started circulating online following the Supreme Court’s verdict on the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid on November 9, 2019. But the claim is false and that no decision has been taken yet. The government is yet to set up the trust that will build the temple. It is not clear who will fund its construction.

What was shown: An old video of an impromptu tour into a swanky railway coach in Sydney is viral with a claim that it shows metro coaches manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai. The posts further claim that the coaches were made as part of the Make In India project. But the double decker coaches shown in the viral video are that of the Sydney railway and not the metro services. the coaches, originally of the are made by Waratah Rails and not under the Make in India scheme.

What was shown:  A video of flags hoisted on the terrace of several buildings in Jalandhar, Punjab was shared on social media with a claim that these were Pakistani national flags. In the video, a man can be heard calling the territory “mini Pakistan”. The video was posted on Twitter with the message, “Pakistani flags … in Jalandhar Punjab, this area Vijay Colony is infested with Christian Missionaries.” A few more people on Facebook shared the video with a similar narrative. However, the flag was Islamic flags and the police mistook them for Pakistani flags and took them down, however, the flags were later restored.

What was shown: “Kalol College pacvhad Surat Gujarat Harinagar – This boy is Subhash Shah. His hands wont stop due to PUBG and he has lost his mind. This is a request to please stop playing PUBG and to forward this video so that other children may be saved. Ban PUBG.” This message has been shared widely on social media, along with a video and some photographs. In the video, the boy can be seen constantly twiddling his thumbs as he lies on the hospital bed, attended by doctors. But the photos are from Milaap, an online crowdfunding platform, The name of the boy seen in the photos is Sujan, and not Subhash Shah as claimed. He is suffering from blood cancer.