• September 28, 2020 11:53 am

Viral lies: exposed


Feb 16, 2020

Misinformation through WhatsApp forwards —videos and photos — spreads like wildfire. Here is our compilation of fake news videos that went viral and the reality behind these distorted facts

What was shown: An image of protesters burning an Indian flag in Pakistan has resurfaced with claims that it is from India, and is being falsely linked to the nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)and National Register for Citizens (NRC).

The image shows protesters holding a burning tricolor and banners featuring a photo of Narendra Modi. The protesters have been falsely identified as anti-CAA sloganeers. The caption of the photo, when translated from Bengali reads, “What is the need to oust people who burn the national flag and hold rallies, from the country via the NRC? The anti-nationals should be kicked and exiled from the nation.” Sources found that the photo is from Pakistan’s Multan, where people were protesting against the Narendra Modi’s anti-Pakistan comments in 2015.

What was shown: A disturbing image of deep lacerations on the side of a man’s rib cage is doing the round on Twitter with claims that it is from the ongoing International Kolkata Book Fair. Where a student was attacked for protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (ACC) and national Register for Citizen (NRC). The photo shows a side view of a bare bodied torso, which is badly bruised. The tweet claims that a student was injured after of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) attacked the former in the premises of the Book Fair for raising slogans against the new Citizenship Act. It further adds that the Kolkata Police backed the assailants. Sources found that the image is originally from June, 2019, after a scuffle broke out between a Sikh driver and the cops in Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar. The former’s vehicle grazed past a Police Control Room (PCR) van after which he attacked a cop with a sword.

What was shown: A viral message claiming ‘chicken infected’ with the novel Coronavirus was found in Bangalore, is false and misleading. Sources spoke to the Central Poultry Development Organization (CPDO) who rubbished the claim and said “It was an attempt to create panic.” The same message was previously viral with a false claim broiler chicken in Mumbai had been infected with Coronavirus. Sources had debunked the debunked the message at the time. Sources spoke to the government officials who rubbished the viral message.

What was shown: A screenshot of a tweet claiming to show Manoj Tiwari, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi unit admitted to losing assembly polls and blamed leaders from the party for the same, is fake and has been created using an app. The screenshot of the fake tweet is viral with the claim that it was tweeted and deleted on February 7, 2020, a day prior to when the state went to the polls. The fake tweet reads, “We are losing Delhi assembly elections because our Delhi Leadership like Parvesh Varma, Harshavardhan and Ramesh Bidhuri are working against party. Inki dushmani mujhse hai (They have enemity with me)” The viral message was shared by a Facebook page named FekuExpress with the caption, “Tweet deleted later”. The post had around 182 shares and one thousand reactions while writing the article. A Twitter handle “Aggresive Aam Aadmi” had shared the fake screenshot on Twitter on February 8, 2020, with the caption, “Why was this tweet deleted? @ManojTiwariMP”