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India Today And The Tribune Published A Fictional Story As A Real Incident

India Today and The Tribune published this heartbreaking story and gathered thousands of shares and retweets.

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A 55 year old teacher bullied

A story shared on social media went viral when two leading media outlets published it as a real incident. The story is about a 55-year-old teacher who gets bullied during an online class. 

a 55 year old teacher bullied
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India Today and The Tribune published this heartbreaking story and gathered thousands of shares and retweets. Let’s have a look at CrowdTangle’s analysis of these reports on Facebook.

Crowd Tangle Analysis

The story was also shared on Instagram by a profile named TedTheStoner.

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Fact Check/Verification

This story was so emotional that it went viral in a day. Many people shared this story on their social media handles. This story was so moving that it went viral in a day. But it turns out that the story was a fiction. Syed Mohammad Fahim, a teacher, published it on June 30 on Facebook. 

Principal suddenly called the 55 year old teacher and told him to learn how to take class online. He doesn't have much…

Posted by Syed Mohammad Fahim on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

And this is what Syed Fahim told us when we spoke to him:

Yes, I wrote this fictional story. I am a teacher by profession on 30th I saw a video where an elderly teacher was the victim of Zoom bombing by his students. I became very emotional. So, I wrote a fictional story on my timeline, and it went viral. In the original post, I have mentioned that it was fictional. I didn’t use any picture of anyone. Later on yesterday, I saw a few pages on Instagram reposted my story, but some removed the fictional part. I don’t know why? But people are circulating this man’s picture without his consent.

Syed Mohammad Fahim

This video was originally published by a Facebook user Hafiz R Rahman on 29 June.

অনলাইনে যে স্যার টা ক্লাস নিচ্ছেন উনি স্বনামধন্য মাইলস্টোন কলেজের পদার্থবিজ্ঞানের শিক্ষক "মহিউদ্দিন স্যার"। আমি মাইলস্টোন এর শিক্ষার্থী থাকাকালীন উনার সরাসরি ছাত্র ছিলাম। প্রচন্ড আত্নসংযম এবং অমায়িক লোক উনি। আমি উনার সম্পর্কে যা জানি তার কিছুটা এরকম " উনি একসময় বড় মাপের বিজনেসম্যান ছিলেন কিন্তু কোন এক অজানা কারনে উনার ব্যাবসা লস হয়। উনি যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের একটা ইউনিভার্সিটির ও লেকচারার ছিলেন।পরে উনি অনলাইনে অনেক স্বনামধন্য বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে ক্লাস করাতেন। " মহিউদ্দিন স্যারকে অনেক কাছ থেকে দেখার সুযোগ আমার হয়েছে। উনার ক্লাসে কমবেশি সবাই একটু দুস্টুমি করত। স্যার তেমন কিছু রাগ করতেন না আবার খেপে গেলে পিটাতেন। অনেকে এমন ছিল যে স্যারের পিটানি খেয়েও হাসত। স্যার একবার স্ট্রোক ও করেন। এরপরও উনি শিক্ষার্থীদের শেখাবার জন্য কখনো ক্লান্ত হননা। খুব মজাদার এই লোকের ক্লাসে এক অভদ্র ছেলের কান্ড দেখুন। আমি যতটা জানিল মাইলস্টোন কলেজে সামর্থ্যবান ব্যাক্তির ছেলেমেয়ে না হলে পড়তে পারে না। খরচে কুলায় না। সে হিসেবে মোটামুটি শিক্ষিত ফ্যামিলির ছেলেমেয়ে ছাড়া মাইলস্টোনের শিক্ষার্থী নেই। কিন্তু কোন শিক্ষিত ফ্যামিলি এমন কুলাংগার জন্ম দিল কে জানে? আমরা স্যারদের সাথে ফ্রী ছিলাম, স্যারদের সাথে অনেক মজাদার সময় পার করেছি, ডান্স করেছি, গান গাইছি কিন্তু কখনো বেয়াদবি করিনি৷ মাইলস্টোন কলেজের প্রাক্তন শিক্ষার্থী হিসেবে আমার সকল শ্রদ্ধেয় স্যারের প্রতি আবদার এই ছেলেকে খুজে বের করে উপযুক্ত শাস্তির আওতায় আনা হোক যেন এটা দৃষ্টান্ত হয়ে থাকে 🙂নোটঃ- অনেকে আপডেট জানতে চেয়েছিলেন যে কি হলো? প্রশাসন বা কলেজ অথরিটি কি সিদ্ধান্ত নিল তাদের জন্য পরবর্তী আপডেট লিংক ঃ- https://www.facebook.com/100011736819091/posts/1092216301179587/?app=fbl

Posted by Hafiz R Rahman on Monday, June 29, 2020

But how did these two posts get mixed? On performing Google Reverse Image Search, we came to know that this video was first published on 6 July by a Facebook page called DCC Sarcasm. This page used Fahim’s story along with the video.

Abusing a teacher doesn’t make you cool, it makes you sick.

Principal suddenly called the 55 year old teacher and told him to learn how to take class online. He doesn't have much to say as he knows that if he denies he will be laid off, at this age in this situation he can't do any other job, to pay for his family he has no choice.Unwillingly he takes his smart phone to his daughter. She helped him to understand the basic of Zoom, his hands often shakes to go around the tabs, he often freezes trying to understand how this thing works but he has no choice.The next day he goes to new market to buy a new white board. The price of these small board soared up, but without these how can he take the class? He took the board in a rickshaw and came home. Placed the board in a chair and started practicing the lesson. It was harder than he thought, staring at a camera and teaching but he has no choice.The next day he wore a new shirt, will be seeing his students after one and half month, his daughter helped him to setup the smart phone, and the students were added and the class went on. He was shaky, his voice cracked every now and then he was nervous but he has no choice.Suddenly an unknown ID started using slang at him, the F words, the A words, open threats. He couldn't understand how should he react, he shouted out of anger and embarrassment, a teacher is being humulated infront of his students. His life work of earning respect from his students seemed to vanish in seconds. His daughter taught him to mute students but the student could un mute himself, the student kept on using slangs and he did it for entertainment. The only thing the teacher could do was to end the class, as he has no choice.He called for his daughter, she came running and saw her father in tears, she held him tightly tried to calm him down but he kept crying as he never faced such humiliation in his life. That he had troubled sleeping that night, as he knew the next day he has to wake up and face the same ordeal as he has no choice.I write this fictional story in solidarity to all teachers who are victims of Zoom bombing by shameless students. May Allah give you patience and these students hedayah.✍ : Syed Muhammad Fahim[abusing a teacher doesn’t make you cool, it makes you sick. ]

Posted by DCC Sarcasm on Sunday, July 5, 2020

Conclusion

Online classes have become a new challenge for both teachers and students. While students are finding it tough to attend, teachers are struggling with this new technology. Meanwhile, India Today and The tribune published a report on a completely fictional story about a 55-year-old teacher who gets bullied in an online class.

Result: False/Fabricated


Our Sources 

Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/syedmfahim/posts/10158626316914452

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bongologyy/?__xts__[0]=68.ARD4qYjlpnayiJfrWESk0vDxEYYBvNcmqxQmgFTIDulbmj8G6b41niwTOLauz7GhvBO4I90LpBl86kU0T2kGlXGfK9u4OAVmfnBJvtdHK5D1p_VM9tD0o87Cfh78Qf7ztMqHBRafet2inQPqzrIp6pQyXA6hMzpLopas97t0Be_L7iJmd7GJ8y3eripJslIPdcUcLZ_1V870qQ68e_GUEImjCfVpcI6yCXiivgxE0aY7kwFWbFVwAdWjIClu9Mg1wqPzfh5sG23IM1pwFHMYaQ3q3v_OActN0dwxFlsFPShtKrvPb7nB5PZbEZBxNzt2tlbl1HNtAtBDHVP3OR9fzLc

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DCCSarcasmofficial/


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Cipla Did Not Issue A Statement On Remdesivir’s Direct Supply To Hospitals

Cipla set up an additional helpline to share information on availability of critical Cipla products for COVID-19 in July, 2020.

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Cipla's additional helpline for information on critical COVID-19 products

Cipla will supply the drug Remdesivir directly to a patient’s hospital, shows an image widely circulated on social media platforms. The accompanying image includes details of Cipla helpline for COVID-19 as well as other details on the drug. 

We received the image in context on our Whatsapp helpline number asking us to verify this claim. 

Claim on Cipla supplying Remdesivir directly to hospitals.
Claim on Cipla supplying Remdesivir directly to hospitals.

This claim with the accompanying image has been circulating on social media platforms since July this year.

Fact Check/ Verification 

On 15 July, Cipla, the global pharmaceutical company “set up an additional #helpline to share information on availability of critical Cipla products, for the #COVID19 pandemic period only.” 

The image in the claim is almost identical to the one shared by the company about their additional helpline. Except it does not include details on the drug. 

This claim began to circulate on social media platforms at a time when the company launched “its generic version of broad-spectrum anti-viral drug remdesivir (branded Cipremi), to be used on critically ill Covid patients in the hospitals,” reported Financial Express. 

Costing Rs. 4000, you can read more about Cipla’s remdesivir Cipremi launched in India here

We reached out to Cipla who clarified that they didn’t issue any such statement as written in the image. “The second part of the message (after the poster) is not a statement by Cipla,” they said. 

The obvious grammatical errors in the image also led to suspicion on its authenticity. This includes the spelling of the drug Remdesivir, which was incorrectly written as “Rendemsivir”. Other errors include doctor’s advice written as “Dr. s Advise”, and written as “N” and no full stops at the end of a sentence. 

Conclusion 

The claim with the accompanying image which states that Cipla will supply the drug Remdesivir directly to a patient’s hospital is false. The pharmaceutical company did not issue any such statement. A poster of Cipla’s helpline to share information on its critical products has been modified to fit the claim. 

Result: False 

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Direct confirmation from Cipla

Cipla’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cipla_Global/status/1283381524704849920?s=20

Cipla’s website: https://www.cipla.com/covid-care

Financial Express: https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/health/cipla-launches-remdesivir-claims-it-is-inexpensive/2018015/

LiveMint: https://www.livemint.com/news/india/coronavirus-vaccine-cipla-launches-generic-version-of-remdesivir-in-india-11594223346722.html



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Kerala Police Officer Pins Down Youth Congress Worker, Not BJP Member

The man pinned to the ground was identified as Anthony, a Youth Congress worker, reported The News Minute.

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Kerala police officer pins Youth Congress worker down

A social media user tweeted an image of a Kerala police officer pinning a man to the ground. The user claims that the man is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party in Kerala. The tweet reads:

“This is how Kerala Police deal with @BJP4Keralam and @YUVAMORCHABJP at Thiruvananthapuram on #KTJaleelResign protest!”

Fact Check/ Verification

The photograph in context of a police officer pinning a man to the ground in Kerala has created quite a stir on social media platforms. Some users have equated the photograph to police brutality faced by the late George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA. 

When some of our intellectuals and media said Kerala has achieved conditions of living comparable to those of most…

Posted by Karthikeyan Ramakrishnan on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Through a reverse image search of the photograph we came across a News Minute article from 15 September titled, “Kerala cop pins Congress worker to ground during protest, pic sparks outrage.” 

The News Minute story on Kerala police officer pinning Youth Congress worker down
The News Minute story on Kerala police officer pinning Youth Congress worker down

The man pinned to the ground was identified as Anthony, a Youth Congress worker, “in order to allow Kerala Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel’s convoy to pass through,” according to the article.

It further quotes State Congress vice-president and former legislator PC Vishnunadh who called the police act shameful. “Just see the cruelty that was shown to one of our young activist Antony, who turned into a victim of police high-handedness, as literally a replay of what happened in the US was played out,” he said. 

Kerala Protests Turned Violent

Last week, Kerala witnessed widespread protests by various political parties demanding the state’s higher education minister KT Jaleel’s resignation. This was after he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in relation to a gold smuggling case. 

These protests which turned violent in many areas with police using water cannons included members of the Congress party, BJP, ABVP, Mahila Morcha and the Muslim league.

You can read more about the anti-government protests in Kerala here.

Member of AICC, Indian National Congress, VT Balram also posted the photograph in context on 14 September with the caption, “Citizen and Pinarayi government.”

പൗരനും പിണറായി സർക്കാരും

Posted by VT Balram on Monday, September 14, 2020

Chief photojournalist of Malayala Manorama Daily, Josekutty Panackal, shared a video published by Manorama News reporting about the photograph. 

അങ്കമാലി അമ്മാവൻ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി… 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Posted by Josekutty Panackal on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Manorama Online also reported on the incident on 14 September. 

Conclusion

Our research makes it clear that the police officer in the photograph is pinning a Youth Congress worker to the ground, and not a member of Bharatiya Janata Party. 

Result: Misleading 

Our Sources

The News Minute: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kerala-cop-pins-congress-worker-ground-during-protest-pic-sparks-outrage-133126

New Indian Express: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2020/sep/12/kerala-gold-smuggling-case-protests-erupt-in-state-demanding-minister-jaleels-resignation-2195950.html

The Hindu: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/gold-smuggling-case-anti-govt-protests-roil-kerala-for-sixth-day/article32628592.ece

Member of AICC, Indian National Congress, VT Balram: https://www.facebook.com/vtbalram/posts/10157974220694139

Chief photojournalist of Malayala Manorama Daily, Josekutty Panackal: https://www.facebook.com/josekuttyp/posts/3479483808768662

Manorama Online: https://www.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2020/09/14/protest-against-kerala-government.html

Prathmesh Kunt contributed towards research of this fact check.


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Weekly Wrap: A Look At The Different Political, Health, And Celebrity Related Claims In India

In 5 minutes read the Top 5 Fake News of the week.

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