• September 28, 2020 4:55 am

Viral lies: exposed


Feb 8, 2020


WHAT WAS SHOWN: A screenshot of a” voter information” from the Election commission website is going viral with false claims that it belongs to the armed minor who shot a Jamia Milia Islamia University student on January 30, 2020. The screenshot is being used to claim that since the shooters name appears on the electoral roll, he cannot be a minor. However, sources found that the” voter information” is not the shooter, but of someone else who goes by the same name in that constituency. Ashok swain, professor of peace and conflict at Uppsala university had tweeted out of the misleading information on February 2, 2020 with the caption:” Hindutva terrorist ‘ Rambhakt’ Ghopal sharma, who had fired at a Kashmiri Muslim protester seems to be not a minor. He was in the voters list for 11 April 2019 elections. In India, minimum voting is 18 years. “A screenshot of the tweet was also shared by YouTuber Dhruv Rathee on his Facebook page. Soon in a, the screenshot became viral on Twitter with other captions as well.

WHAT WAS SHOWN:A 2015 video of a former Malaysian Prime Minister praying at a mosque in China is being shared with false claims that the China prime minister Li Keqiang is seeking protection from Coronavirus by praying at a mosque. The viral video, with an Associated Press (AP) logo, shows a group of men praying at a mosque with the Arabic greeting of ‘As -Salaam -Alaikum ‘ audible in the background .The viral video is being circulated across WhatsApp and social media platforms with the caption : “ China PM who told we will translate the Quran as our own , released that the only way to protect from the Coronavirus is doing ‘Sajdah’ to Allah and went to mosque to pray, MashaAllah. The caption also refers to recent reports that china would be rewriting the Bible and Quran to reflect their socialist ideology. Across Facebook it has amassed over thousands of views from different pages. Sources found that the video is from the Malaysian prime ministers visit to china in 2015.

WHAT WAS SHOWN: Distressing footage from 2018 showing a pregnant woman cry in pain as onlookers claim that she is allegedly beaten by the police, is being shared falsely as recent. The video is viral in the backdrop of ongoing Anti Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in Uttar Pradesh and around the country. The video is being shared with a caption, “ Yogis police have hit with a lathi at the pregnant women protestants womb at Eco garden. It is viciously wrong and shameful.” Sources found that the incident was from September 2018 during a protest by local teachers demanding they be recruited.

WHAT WAS SHOWN: A viral photo showing the label of a Dettol disinfectant product mentioning its effectiveness in fighting the Coronavirus has led to confusion and misinformation online. Several netizens have posted the picture online and questioned how the company knew about the existence of the virus months before an outbreak was reported in December 2019. Sources found that the claim to be false. Additionally, sources reached out British MNC Rackett Benckiser, the makers of Dettol, who told us that they have not tested their product on the new strain of Coronavirus yet as it is not available yet.