• September 30, 2020 3:33 pm

Reporting From Delhi

Viral lies: exposed


Nov 29, 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: An image of a woman being forcefully escorted by the police has been tweeted by a user with the text “In the age when people take an old-age pension, what knowledge is the aunty attaining.” Another handle @shuklapinku posted the same image with a message, “What is she studying in JNU”. These two tweets have garnered close to 1000 retweets so far. But this is an old and unrelated photograph which is being shared as of JNU students protesting fee hike. The image is actually of police arresting a woman who was participating in a protest demanding for minimum wage, at labour Commissioner Office in Hyderabad. This is an image by PTI on September 19, 2017.

What was shown: A news on discovery of mosque is being circulated on Facebook with the message, “Patience bears fruit, mosque found in Delhi…Allah rewards those who are patient- translation”. In the wake of the recent Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya case, the above message has been shared on social media, along with a video report of NDTV. But the 2:30 minutes long video clip is old. According to the report, the remains of a mosque, demolished during the revolt of 1857, was found while digging for construction of the third phase of the Delhi metro. The remains were found at Daryaganj in old Delhi.

What was shown: A disturbing video showing a couple being abused and attacked after an alleged attempt by the two to rob passengers on a bus was foiled, is viral on WhatsApp with claims that it happened at the India Bangladesh border. The video shows a man lying in a pool of blood as bystanders abuse the woman accompanying him. But the incident happened in October, when a couple was overpowered by passengers in a moving minibus after they tried to rob people onboard. According to reports, they were pulled out of the vehicle near the Socorro area of Sergipe, a north eastern state of Brazil moments after they announced their plans of armed robbery.

What was shown:  A screen grab from the movie ‘The Attacks of 26/11’ showing an actor playing the character of martyred police personnel Tukaram Omble, is being shared on social media as an actual photo from the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. A collage of two images, one of actor Sunil Jadhav lying in a pool of blood and the other of Omble photographed on duty HAS gone viral. Tukaram Omble, an assistant sub-inspector of Mumbai Police, was instrumental in apprehending Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist caught alive in the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008.