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Weekly Wrap: A Look At The Different Political And Religious Claims Viral In India

This week Indian social media witnessed a majority of misleading claims related to the ongoing farmers’ protests, COVID-19 vaccine, and Rs 2000 currency notes. Amid tensions between France and many Muslims countries after the murder of a French schoolteacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet in class, a misleading claim on Turkish President Erdogan ignoring French President Macron has gone viral.

Old Image Of Sikh Activist Holding “We want Khalistan” Placard Goes Viral With Farmers’ Protest Claims

The image in context is not associated with the ongoing farmers’ protests. The photograph of Sikh activists holding the placard is from June 2013 at the Golden Temple, Amritsar. 

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RBI Has Not Stopped Supply Of Rs 2000 Currency Notes, False Screenshot Shared On Facebook

There is no official news from RBI or Central bank to support this claim. PIB fact-check has also clarified that the claim in context is fake. 

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Video Of Women Beaten With Sticks In Ahmednagar Shared With Misleading Religious Claims

The video has been falsely claimed to say that a fight occurred after aarti was played. A neighbourly dispute was taken out of context by social media users. Police deny any communal or religious angle.

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Recent Claim On ICMR And Bharat Biotech Using FBS To Produce COVID-19 Vaccine Is Misleading

In a study on Covaxin done by ICMR and Bharat Biotech, scientists mentioned that one of the ingredients used is blood serum from newborn cattle.

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Old Video Of Turkish President Erdogan And French President Macron Shared With Misleading Claims

Erdogan did not ignore Macron. The viral clip has been cut and taken from a longer video at a news conference after the Syria Summit in 2018 to mislead viewers. 

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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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