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 purported to show Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh protesters are bribed with Rs 500 a day for participating in the Anti Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests is morphed. The morphed image is doing the rounds on Facebook with a caption, “Our fixed rate is Rs 500 /from 7 pm to 12 o’clock night, no bargaining and over and above this, we offer some extra services as per services asked for price depends on services (don’t misunderstand extra services that include abusing to Modi by children, and singing poems, etc. and other desirous services on demand.” Sources found that the banner has been edited to include the above text.
WHAT WAS SHOWN: Social media posts featuring an image of Jashodaben Modi with the claim that she is protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act with women at Shaheen Bagh, is misleading as the image is from 2016 and not related to the current protests. The image shows Jashodaben sitting with a group of women in what looks like a protest and has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter with a sarcastic caption that take a dig at the Prime Minister. The photo is from 2016 when Jasohodaben Modi was part of a protest against demolition of slums in Mumbai.
WHAT WAS SHOWN: A video of a woman criticizing the government is viral on Facebook. It is being claimed that she is Former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece. The post has been shared more than 43,000 times and liked over 10,000 times so far. It has more than 8 lakh views. Alt News found that the woman is not Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece but a social worker from Delhi. A closer look at the video reveals the logo “HNP News “ on the screen. With a key word search on the organization’s YouTube channel, we found the video posted on January 3, 2020. At 1:35 minutes, the woman is identified by the channel as Atiya Alvi, social worker based in Delhi.
WHAT WAS SHOWN: A viral video claiming to show a war like situation where American anti -missile batteries are shooting down Iranian missile units, is false. The clip has been called out of a user -generated video based on a video game. The 2 minute 50-second-long video is originally from a video game called ‘ ARMA 3’, a futuristic open military sandbox game that was released by Bohemia Interactive for Microsoft Windows in 2013. The video has been captioned as: “ this is why the Iranian missile didn’t damage the US base in Iraq. It’s the US anti-missile batteries .Incredible to watch.’’ It is viral on Facebook and Twitter, with the same caption.