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Weekly Wrap: False Claims On Rahul Gandhi, Joe Biden, Misinformation Around Pathaan & More

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Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Events around BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the release of Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan and Quran burning in Sweden dominated the social media platforms this week, and as a habit misinformation followed. From false claims of Rahul Gandhi meeting the producer of BBC documentary, unrelated videos being passed off as public reviews of Pathaan to old video from Denmark shared to show the recent Quran burning incident in Sweden, read our top 5 fact checks from the week here:

Did Rahul Gandhi Meet Producer Of BBC’s PM Modi Documentary In UK Last Year? Here’s The Truth Behind Viral Image

Several social media users are circulating a photo, which we have received on our Whatsapp tipline, too, claiming a “Congress conspiracy” behind the recent controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while stating that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met the documentary’s producer during his time in the UK last year. Newschecker found the claim to be false. Read more here.

 False Claims On Rahul Gandhi

Old Video From Denmark Shared Claiming To Show Recent Quran Burning In Sweden

A video of a man burning a book in the middle of a street only to be stopped and thrashed by three others is going viral on social media platforms. Those who shared the video online have linked it to the recent incident in Sweden’s Stockholm where a far-right leader put a Quran on fire. Newschecker found that the video is neither from Sweden, nor does it show any recent incident. Read more here.

Bilawal Bhutto Dancing To ‘Besharam Rang’? Here’s The Truth Behind Viral Video

A video has recently gone viral with social media users claiming it to be of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari dancing to ’Besharam Rang’ from Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film, Pathaan. Newschecker’s investigation revealed that a video of a Pakistani Instagrammer’s dance with an actor falsely claimed to be of Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari dancing to ‘Besharam Rang’. Read more here.

Joe Biden ‘Groped’ His Granddaughter? No, Viral Footage Shared Out Of Context

A footage of Joe Biden with a young girl is going viral on social media platforms, with users claiming it to be videographic evidence showing the US President touching his granddaughter inappropriately. Newschecker found that the viral clip is being shared out of context. Though the girl seen in the video is indeed Biden’s granddaughter, he was putting a voting sticker and not touching her improperly. Read more here.

Old, Unrelated Videos Shared To Show Negative Public Review Of Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan

Despite virtual and physical protests calling for its boycott and demanding a ban, Yash Raj Films’ Pathaan hit the theatres on January 25. Soon after, social media started to flood with several videos featuring people criticising movies, and a few even calling out Shah Rukh Khan for making a “disaster.”  Those who shared such videos claimed that they show the “public review of Pathaan,”declaring the movie a “flop.” Newschecker found the claims to be false. Read more here.


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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