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 2017 video of police questioning two women wearing burkhas has resurfaced with false claims that the latter are Hindu women who were caught while trying to disrupt Anti – Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in Lucknow. The forty-five-second-long clip shows police questioning the two women, who later identified themselves as Pooja and Mansi. The video is being shared with a Hindi caption that translates to,” One is Pooja and the other is Mansi. And they are accused of wearing a burkah and going to Lucknow’s Ghanta Ghar where women are protesting against CAA, NRC and NPR. They are going inside the crowd of women and shouting slogans of Pakistan Zindabad. It is not right to defame Muslims in order to fool the majority. The sources found that the video is from 2017, when two Hindu women posed as Muslims to cast fake votes in a municipal poll in Uttar Pradesh.
WHAT WAS SHOWN: A newspaper clipping claiming to show that Delhi Chief Minister Arwind Kejriwal was accused in a rape case during his student life at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, is fake and has been created with the help of a website. The clipping shows the cut out of a newspaper article which appears to be the Telegraph. The reports is headline as, “IIT student accused of rape.” The article, which has a date line of Monday June 8 , 1987 , states that a ‘local girl had accused a 19 year old boy of raping her.’ Sources found that the newspaper clipping is fake and has been created with the help of an online newspaper clip generator.
WHAT WAS SHOWN: A video of an Indonesian market showing wild animals kept in unhygienic conditions and sold as exotic delicacies is being shared as a marketing china’s Wuhan region, epicenter of the Coronavirus. The video viral on Facebook and WhatsApp is being shared with a caption, “ Whuan market. China, the origin of the # Coronavirus.” The caption claims that the market, which sells animals as Delicacies is where the Coronavirus originated. The new virus which has caused panic in several countries, including precautionary measures by India, is set to have originated in Wuhan, China. Sources found that the video is from the local market in Indonesia known to sell exotic animals.
WHAT WAS SHOWN: There is a video going viral on social media and WhatsApp, claiming to a roll of steel wool catch fire from an incoming call from an iPhone that is placed in between. After scrutinizing the video and trying out the experiment ourselves, we concluded that the viral video was digitally altered to add fake flames on the steel wool. Upon performing a few Google searches with relevant key words, sources found that the video originated from the YouTube page called viral video lab, where it was uploaded on December 27 , 2019.