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Viral lies: exposed

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 video of a homoeopathic medical practitioner claiming that chocolates have parts of cockroaches in them has been doing the rounds and is being widely shared on both Facebook and Twitter. In the video Dr Sarala Khader from Mysuru, Karnataka can be seen making claims that 100gm of chocolates can contain up to 4 gm of insects in their composition. The video is misleading on two counts- it states that the FDA is a global authority and that it permits up to 4% cockroaches in chocolate.

What was shown: A video doing the rounds on social media showcasing individuals involved in road rage as being Muslims destroying public property during the riots in northeast Delhi that claimed twenty-one lives. The claim though is false and the video is in fact from an incident of road rage where individuals attacked a bus driver in Kannad town of Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district. The police have verified the incident and the video and stated that the clash arose from an incident that was in no communal in nature.

What was shown: A video was shared by many noted personalities on social media of that of a mosque being vandalised in Ashok Vihar, during the riots in Delhi. The video gained a lot of traction and claimed to be a two-year-old video from Bihar’s Samastipur. Several users on Twitter even called for the arrest of Rana Ayub for sharing the video. However, the video in question has been verified by the Wire and other independent sources to be that of Badi Masjid in Ashok Nagar and not Ashok Vihar. While the DCP North-West Delhi stated that no mosque was vandalised in Ashok Vihar (which is true) no statements about the incident in Ashok Nagar were made.


What was shown: A claim promoted by several social media users claiming that the Jafrabad shooter, identified as 33-year-old Shahrukh was seen with BJP leader Kapil Mishra during the latter’s provocative speech in North-East Delhi has been found to be untrue. The man in question as per reports and eye witness accounts reported by Alt news has been identified as emerging from the anti-CAA mob.